We are in the process of painting our exterior brick. Henry and I love painted brick and think it’s such a classic, timeless look. I think a lot of people want to do it, but for some reason are a little hesitant about taking the leap.
It could be that the lack of knowledge and knowing exactly what they are doing scares them some. I can totally relate, so I wanted to give you some tips on painting the exterior of your home that will hopefully give you a little more knowledge and put you at ease. Whether DIYing or hiring it done, these tips will help you.
Prepping is a major part that is very crucial in making sure painted exterior brick is done properly. Make sure and clean the brick with a cleaning mixture before you do anything. If the brick isn’t too dirty, a hose, a stiff-bristled brush, and soapy water will work just fine.
After cleaning, make sure and fill in all cracks with acrylic caulk. This will need time to dry before applying the exterior paint. Now, you will want to make sure and cover all the windows and doors with plastic. Use multiple layers if necessary and painter’s tape to secure tightly.
Using the Right Tools and Materials
Like any other job, having the right tools on hand will make the job flow much smoother and easier. You will want to make sure you have a sprayer or roller that can cover large amounts of an area at one time. We recommend using a sprayer. This will cut down on work time, will make it easier to get into all the joints, and will be much easier overall. But make sure to spray at all angles to make sure the paint gets into all of the nooks and crannies of the brick. This is especially important if you have over grouted joints like our house.
If using a sprayer, you will still need a brush on hand for any drips or any hard to reach areas. Always keep in mind that before applying a second or third coat, you want to make sure and let the paint dry for at least 4-6 hours.
It’s also very important to use the right type of paint on your exterior brick. We recommend using either a mineral-based paint or a latex paint made specifically for masonry. Both are fine, but mineral-based should hold up even longer.
I don’t think it takes much to figure this one out, but before you start painting, consider the weather conditions. Being extremely too cold or too hot will not be the best conditions for painting brick. Windy weather and rain probably won’t work either.
Make sure and check your forecast for a few good days of good temperatures and pleasant working conditions. This will make it much better for the painter and the paint will adhere to the surface much better.
How Much Does It Cost?
We have painted brick as a DIY on a previous flip house but decided to hire it done this go around. Not because it’s difficult, we simply don’t have the time right now. But I will confess, we are spending lots more money having it hired out! As I am writing the check, I’m for sure rethinking our decision on this one. But, with our high roof pitch and hard to reach areas, it would have also been very difficult for us to have completed this job.
When DIYing, you are only paying for the paint and the tools. To DIY a 2,500 square ft home you are looking at around $800 dollars including the paint and a good sprayer. If hiring it out, labor can range anywhere from $150-$350 per hour. I know, it is very pricey!
Most of the time it is broken down by the job, but I wanted to show how they get their figures. They base it on how long it will take them, tools, materials(including paint), and of course multiple workers. A 2,500 square ft home on average would cost you around $7,500 dollars to have the entire brick home painted. That is $6,900 more dollars than DIYing it!
A Year Later
It is now almost a year later and you ask, are we happy with the decision to paint our brand new brick? Yes! We wouldn’t have done it any other way! We absolutely love our white painted brick. Even though at first I was a little unsure if we were making the right decision, it was one of the best we made during the entire building process. It gives our home character and a unique, but timeless look.
This is one area we did spend a little extra on, considering we did not DIY this project as part of the build. It was money well spent. Due to the largeness of our home, I feel like we would have been a little overwhelmed with painting it on our own. I suggest evaluating the size of your home along with your time and budget before making the decision on whether or not to take on this project.