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How to Paint Exterior Brick and Masonry

Skill:  Intermediate DIY'er

When painting brick and masonry, start at the top and move down in a "W" pattern, filling in the blanks until the wall is complete.

 

For Best Results:

To promote adhesion and durability of your topcoat, use a PREMIUM PLUS® primer.

Not interested in applying a primer?
Consider using PREMIUM PLUS ULTRA® products-innovatively developed as a paint and primer in one.

 

Suggested Supplies

  • Brush (2"-2½")
  • Bucket
  • Bucket Grid
  • Extension Pole
  • Vinyl Gloves
  • Ladder
  • Paint Can Opener
  • Paint Tray
  • Paint Tray Liner
  • Protective Apparel
  • Rags
  • Roller Cover
  • Roller Frame
  • Sandpaper (150-220 Grit)
  • Stir Stick

Color Used in This How-To

Pelican Bay
ECC-30-1
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Step 1

Begin your painting project by pouring thoroughly mixed paint into a bucket and dipping a quality 2"-2½" wide nylon/polyester brush into the paint.

TIP:
When working outside, it is best to work out of direct sunlight and in temperatures between 50º-90º F with moderate humidity.
Step 2

With your brush, paint (cut in) around the perimeter of the brick surface. Start at a top corner and continue along the trim and around the windows.

TIP:
As you cut in, be sure to remove the excess paint that collects between the bricks with your brush.
Step 3

From the bucket, pour paint into a paint tray and work the roller into the tray until it is fully loaded with paint. For best results, use a ½"-1" roller cover.

TIP:
For larger areas, consider using a 5-gallon bucket and a bucket grid.
Step 4

Starting in a 3' x 3' section at a top corner of the project area, roll the paint onto the brick in a "W" formation.

TIP:
For an even application, begin 3"-4" away from the cut in section.
Step 5

Work the roller back and forth across the section until the "W" is completely filled in. Be sure to roll over the cut in area as well.

Step 6

Forming a column from ceiling to floor, paint the next 3' x 3' section directly below the previous one.

TIP:
To blend the 3' x 3' sections and ensure a uniform finish, lightly pass the roller over the newly painted area.
Step 7

If necessary, apply more paint into the mortar where the roller has missed.

Step 8

Repeat the process of forming columns and blending sections until the project is complete.

TIP:
To ensure best results in quality of color and finish, apply a second coat.