Brick and stone are some of the most popular building materials around. They are sturdy, long-lasting, and gorgeous. With a seemingly endless variety of colors and textures, they can beautify your space indoors and out.

Select Painting can tackle all of your painting projects, so you don’t need to. As the weather warms up, exterior painting projects take center stage in home improvement projects. Call Select today if you’re ready to get a free estimate and to schedule your paint job.

In addition to the typical interior and exterior painting projects you usually think of, another task that can change the look of your home is painting brick and stone structures or accents. If you want professional help with your stone painting job, Select Painting is here to help. If you’d like to tackle this project on your own, follow these tips for a great update to your home.

Wait…Is It OK To Paint Brick?

There seem to be two very distinct camps when it comes to answering this question. Many homeowners think it is heresy even to consider painting brick or stone. They would never do such a thing. Others, however, jump at the chance to update their space with this simple makeover.

Why do people choose to tackle stone painting projects?

  • Older brick and stonework can darken a room. A fresh coat of paint brightens the room quickly without costing a great deal of money.
  • Exterior stone and brick accents can look dated after a while. Homeowners often choose to paint these areas for an aesthetic update, especially if they are preparing to sell the property.
  • Painting brick is a simple and inexpensive way to change the look of your home, inside and out.

Before you start painting any stone or brick, keep in mind that it is pretty much a permanent design decision. Although you could repaint it another color in the future, it’s nearly impossible to remove paint from these natural surfaces. Once you paint, it stays painted.

Check the Condition First

Your paint job can only be as good as the bricks or stones you’re painting, so it’s important to spend some time seeing what shape they are in before you start. Check for crumbling mortar or loose bricks and repair those spots before moving forward.

Efflorescence is a white residue that shows up on old bricks from salt build-up inside the stone. When you wash this off in the prep process, wait at least a day to see if the efflorescence returns. If it does, your bricks may not be a great candidate for painting as it might be a sign of a moisture problem.

Preparation is Most of the Battle

Painting brick and stone is a good DIY project even for beginners, but it does require significant patience in the prep department. Whether you are working inside or outside, you can’t hurry this step.

With a soft-bristled brush and some soapy water, gently clean the brick or stone you want to paint. This process will remove the majority of the dirt and grime from the surface. For tougher spots, try a TSP and water mixture. Be sure to mix and use this chemical according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

If you have areas of mildew to take care of, spray on a mixture of one part bleach to three parts water. Let the solution sit on the brick or stone for about half an hour before scrubbing with a brush. Do not use acidic cleaners on the surface as it will affect how the paint adheres.

After cleaning the places you want to paint, let the stone dry for at least 24 hours before applying the primer. Note: If your brickwork is less than a year old, do not paint it. It needs time to acclimate before painting.

Gather your painting supplies, painters tape, and drop cloths, and you’re ready to go.

Apply the Primer

For big exterior projects, a sprayer is usually the best application tool. But for smaller jobs or if you are unfamiliar with a sprayer, brushes and rollers work just fine. If you decide to go with a roller, make sure to use a cover suited for rough surfaces.

Choose a stain-blocking primer and cover the area that you intend to paint. Don’t forget to put down drop cloths around your paint area.

Although priming can often feel like an unnecessary step in the age of all-in-one products, don’t skip it for this project. Painting brick won’t go well without using a primer first. Let the primer dry completely before moving on to the next step.

Time To Paint

There are paints specifically designed for masonry, but exterior latex paint can work just as well. In fact, some DIY enthusiasts prefer it for their outdoor stone painting projects because it resists mildew. For interior jobs, gloss or semi-gloss finishes are great choices since they are easy to keep clean.

Once you choose your color, you are ready to start. Using a sprayer, roller, or brush, apply the first coat of paint. If you use a roller, be prepared for significant splatter due to the rough surface.

Most brick is very porous, so these painting projects typically require two or three coats. You may need small paint brushes for getting into nooks and crannies in the brick and stone. Allow each coat to dry completely before applying the next.

Want Some Help?

Even though stone painting projects can be simple to accomplish, you may prefer to let a professional get the job done for you. Select Painting has the tools, staff, and expertise to finish your project quickly and perfectly.

And if your brick painting plans lead you to bigger projects, we can handle those too. Exterior and interior painting jobs for residential and commercial properties are right up our alley. We are the go-to painting contractors for Sioux Falls, SD, and we would love the chance to talk with you about your home improvement needs. We serve our community proudly and with integrity.

Give us a call today for your free estimate.