Tips for Painting Brick Walls

If you feel that your brick or rendered home is looking outdated, perhaps it’s time for a facelift.

Darker brick colours like chocolate or deep red can not only look tired, but also help intensify the heat in your home in summer. So it makes sense for us to help you add dollar value as well as increase the eco-efficiency of your home.

We can still save you money even if you decide to have your walls rendered because having plain render applied is cheaper than coloured render. We can then paint it any colour you choose.

If you do decide that painting brick walls is something you want to have a go at, then the following tips will help you.

Efflorescence, Graffiti and Stains on Rendered Walls

To render a house involves covering the bricks with a special finish.  This is not something we do, however we do paint over the render once it’s cured – which can take around 28 days.  We can paint inside this time, but quite often you’ll see efflorescence from the concrete bleeding through.  It shows up as white powder.  Once you put the paint on it seals the concrete, but if there’s still moisture in the concrete, it will bleed through the paint and affect your finish.

Over and above the financial considerations, there are some important reasons to choose a membrane paint finish:-

  1. Efflorescence is a common problem with render and is especially visible on coloured render. Having a painted finish helps eliminate any patchiness in the colour.
  2. Our specialist membrane paints can be cleaned free of graffiti or painted over, whereas brickwork or render absorbs paint, making it very difficult to remove.
  3. Bore or recycled water used in the garden can badly stain your brick or rendered walls, so painting the masonry will help avoid this problem as they can be periodically patch-painted or cleaned.
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A painted finish covers
efflorescence
Quality paint will cover up bore water stains
Graffiti can be cleaned off our membrane paints Applying the special
Moroccan finish

Bagging Exterior Brickwork

If you don’t want to go to go expense of full cover rendering then we use a technique called “bagging”, giving your brickwork what is known as a “Moroccan” finish.

First we thoroughly clean, dry and seal your brickwork. Using a special mitt, your chosen colour is then applied in two coats of the Moroccan finish. Our staff are all fully trained and accredited in the use of this specialist membrane and technique.

We can advise you if your brickwork is suitable for bagging or if it needs to be fully rendered first.

Just give us a call for a free assessment and quote.

About Louise Kraudelt

We’re a family business and we get a real buzz out of transforming with paint. We can make the old new again. We can change character and mood with colours and textures and we can add capital value to your property. We can enhance and preserve walls, ceilings, floors, doors, decks, windows, ironwork and furniture. It’s rewarding and satisfying work and we love it. Both of us are qualified painters, and we’re lucky to have a fantastic crew of cheerful, experienced and highly skilled painters as our team. Whilst we always have fun when we’re working, quality and service comes first. We operate to our own set of high standards and use inspections and checklists as part of our process to maintain quality control and ensure nothing is overlooked or forgotten.

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