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Jul 04, 2013, 08:39 AM
painting brick
Has anyone ever painted the bricks of your foundation?
Jul 04, 2013, 05:24 PM
Nearly any clean, sound surface can successfully be painted.
So if your foundation is actually fired brick or textured/stamped concrete or concrete block, a good cleaning and primer should make the paint application successful. Might want to check with a pro paint store in your area for the best advice and product choices, for the way you want it to look when complete.
Jul 05, 2013, 08:05 AM
ok, I might try this under the deck where no one will see it if I mess up.
Jul 05, 2013, 11:17 PM
We just painted our foundation and are thankful for the advice of the professionals at the paint store.
Jul 07, 2013, 07:59 AM
was it just like painting a wall? rolling it on with a roller?
Jul 11, 2013, 08:39 AM
Once it is clean and really dry, (power washer is often the best, but a good hose blast along with a stiff brush can work too) the right roller cover and brush to work into deeper grooves works well. Get a good paint store recommended masonry primer too, it will stick to any surface for a sound base.

The roller cover you need is especially for rough areas. Often a foam roller with slices in it to allow it to sponge into any grooves and pockets in the masonry. A brush may also work to catch any areas needed as well as smooth out any drips. Have a clean plastic trash bag handy for breaks, as you do not want to have the paint dry in the roller or brush.
Jul 26, 2013, 07:47 AM
I still am not sure yet. We are almost finished with the other projects and I will wait to see how the current brick color looks against everything else.
Jul 26, 2013, 08:57 AM
You do realize that once it is painted you will have to continue to paint it on a regular basis?
Jul 26, 2013, 09:14 AM
Regular, as in every year or 3-4 years?
Jul 26, 2013, 10:05 AM
If properly cleaned, primed and painted with quality paint, we have had painted vertical brick surfaces still looking fine after 15+ years.
Jul 27, 2013, 08:01 AM
Some will last a long time but I have seen many that do not. Yes, it could be every 3 - 5 years or it could be much longer. It will depend upon the ground around and exposure to the elements. (Plantings etc.)
Aug 10, 2013, 09:10 AM
Go to the 'General Remodeling-painting brick' thread. I posted on the wrong site.
Aug 10, 2013, 10:14 AM
You don't need to cross post between the two boards. The same regulars read both boards and we don't get hung up on where you put it. I will point out to people that post on little used boards they'd be better off posting it in a more often used board. The show boards don't get a lot of traffic, mainly because they're for shows that HGTV doesn't run anymore.. The remodeling boards get a fair amount of traffic.

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