Brick and other masonry surfaces can be painted to refresh an exterior wall, old basement, and even a garage floor without much trouble. Just like the majority of painting projects, the proper preparation yields the most sought after results. Create the perfect look on any masonry surface by following these professional ProTect Painter steps:
- Clean the surface. If you're outside, use a power-washer to remove excess dirt, mortar, or cement. If you're working inside, use a wire brush to clean any noticeable areas. Mix in bleach or mildewcide if you notice any glaring areas affected by mildew. After the surface has dried, use Tri-Sodium Phosphate, commonly known as TSP, to rid the surface of grease or oil and enhance the walls' adhering properties.
- Repair any damages. If you notice any holes or cracks, use a ready-to-mix concrete solution and patch up the holes for a smooth, even painting surface.
- Seal and prime. After the wall has been fully cleaned and dried, apply cement sealer to keep the moisture within the surface. Then apply primer, which provides a strong ready-to-paint and water resistant surface.
- Paint. After the primer has dried, it's time to paint. Masonry surfaces are naturally porous so you may need more paint than anticipated, however, it is best to paint these surfaces with several thin coats to build a harder surface.
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