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How To Paint Brickwork

Painting brickwork requires a good-quality primer to ensure excellent topcoat adhesion. Our 4-step guide will show you how to properly prepare and prime brickwork prior to painting in over 350 colours.

See our other blog post on “How To Paint Fletton Brick” and see below for more articles on painting exterior walls.

Contents

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Zinsser Paint Brickwork Products

The Benefits

Step 1. Surface Preparation

Step 2. Patch Priming & Bring Forward

Step 3. Priming

Step 4. Decoration

More Information

Further Reading


Zinsser Paint Brickwork Products

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The Benefits

Painting brickwork can help a property to match corporate branding and make a business stand out on a high street over the competition, promoting the brand and making it easy for customers to find. It is particularly common for supermarkets and fast-food outlet chains, for example.

Matching the colour of surrounding and neighbouring properties, or using similar tones, can make a home more attractive to prospective tenants in the rental market as it can make the building feel part of the local community.

Other than the walls of a home or business, brickwork can also be:

  • Border walls – around the edge of land or dividing a driveway
  • Raised flower beds – in private gardens, garden centres, public parks
  • Outhouses – coal sheds, storage units, toilets
  • Farm buildings – barns and storage sheds
  • Garages

Painting brickwork in these areas will help accentuate the features of a property and make it look and feel cleaner and tidier. Using Zinsser’s Allcoat Exterior will also help to keep maintenance to a minimum, protecting against fungal infection, and resisting weathering, cracking, blistering and flaking.

Zinsser listens to contactors and develops new products – or adds features to existing products – to meet their changing needs, delivering world class products that meet “real world” challenges, providing tried and tested solutions to painting problems, such as painting brickwork.

Step 1. Surface Preparation

Before painting, ensure the surface is clean, dry and free from anything that will interfere with, or affect, the adhesion and application of the materials to be applied. Any loose material should be removed by scraping or brushing with a stiff bristle brush to a sound edge.

Prior to painting, the moisture content should not exceed 18%.

Remove all visible signs of organic growth and treat the affected areas with Zinsser Mould Killer & Remover, in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions, and allow to dry.

Any unstable pointing should be raked out and re-pointed using a suitable cement mix in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions and allowed to cure.

Step 2. Patch Priming & Bring Forward

Using Zinsser Bulls Eye 1-2-3, patch prime all bare and filled areas (in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions), allowing a minimum drying time of 1 hour in normal drying conditions.

Bring forward these patch primed areas with more Zinsser Bulls Eye 1-2-3 and allow to dry.

Step 3. Priming

Once dry, the areas that are to be decorated should be primed with one full coat of Zinsser Bulls Eye 1-2-3, in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions.

Allow a minimum drying time of 1 hour in normal drying conditions before decorating.

Step 4. Decoration

Decorate the prepared and primed brickwork in a choice of over 350 colours with two full coats of Zinsser Allcoat Exterior Satin or Gloss, in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions, allowing a minimum drying time of 1 hour between coats in normal drying conditions.

More Information

If you require more advice on painting brickwork, give our technical team a call on 0113 2455450 (option 2) or send a message to [email protected].

Further Reading

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