How to paint a brick wall?

Quite often, when decorating interiors and facades, such a design technique as painting brick walls began to be used. One of its advantages is simplicity of work execution and availability. At the same time, additional protection of the facade allows for a long time to provide it with better safety. So how do you paint a brick wall to fully realize the possibilities offered by such a finish?

The choice of material

This largely depends on obtaining the desired result. First of all, when choosing, it is worth considering:

  1. The location of the wall (street or room). For these purposes, any paints used for facade decoration are suitable. Moreover, it is necessary to pay attention that they are intended specifically for brick surfaces. Such paints are characterized by increased elasticity and permeability. You can take and water-based (for external or internal work). Do not use oil paint: it forms a film on the surface, and the brick does not "breathe", which leads to its premature destruction.

    When choosing how to paint a brick wall, one must be careful enough. There are a large number of materials, different in their composition, suitable for these purposes. Experts advise using an elastomeric paint that can create a thick, flexible coating that penetrates deep into cracks and protects the surface. But it is not cheap. At the same time, according to another, no less common opinion, it is quite possible to use any latex or water-based paint.

  2. The quality of the masonry. There are coverings for worn and new masonry. Their difference lies in the composition of the components, the service life and the quality of the finished surface.

    Guided by the purpose and conditions of application of the coating, you will be able to correctly determine which paint to paint a brick wall.

Surface preparation

It starts with cleaning the wall of debris and checking its condition. Remains of old coatings, whitewash and plaster particles should be removed. In some cases, white spots appear on the surface of the brick, the so-called efflorescence.

It must be removed with a stiff brush, and then wait a few days. If it occurs again, then the wall must be treated with special agents, which include acids. As a last resort, you can use a 5% acetic acid solution.

Traces of mold will require just as much attention. They are also removed first with a stiff brush, and then the wall is treated with disinfectants containing chlorine. You should pay attention to the quality of the seams, especially if you do not plan to completely plaster the wall. Initially, it is necessary to process them with a stiff brush so that everything that falls off falls off. After that, you should think about grouting the joints to give them a normal look.

A wall with curved seams, and, in addition, uneven in width and depth, even after painting, will produce an unaesthetic impression.

To avoid this, it is necessary to grout the joints. The technology for performing the work is shown in the video:

In addition, if there are cracks and chips on the bricks of the wall, you should think about their putty, as well as the subsequent leveling of the surface. This is done with ordinary sandpaper.

After the wall is cleaned of dirt and debris, leveled, cracks are repaired, you can start priming. It reduces paint consumption, improves adhesion to the wall surface and prevents the appearance of fungi. The primer should be applied no more than 3 times, allowing each layer to dry. Then it is the turn of painting.

About painting

There are several options for how it can be performed:

  1. Covering the wall completely with paint of the same color, most often it is done with a roller or spray gun, and the seams additionally painted over with a brush.

  2. Painting the bricks in one color and the joints in another, the resulting contrast looks quite nice.

  3. Coloring bricks in different colors.

Wall finishing starts from the top corner using a roller or brush. When working on the facade, it is best to use a spray gun. Usually the coating is applied in 2-3 layers. Additional information on how to properly paint a brick wall can be found here:

Applying additional coating to walls is one of those types of finishes that allows you to achieve the most unexpected effect without significant costs. Despite all its advantages, brick also collapses over time. The paint will give it extra protection, extending its life. In addition, the combination of brick texture and various colors in the decoration of facades and interiors allows you to get sometimes very original surface design options.