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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
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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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