Updating exterior of brick fireplace
If you plan to use a roller, choose one with a thick nap to ensure best results on brick, which is riddled with nooks and crannies and surface irregularities.For interior and exterior brick, many experts recommend semi-gloss or gloss paint, as either type accentuates detail and, compared with other paints, is easier to clean as time goes by.Note that you can darken or lighten the tone by adding pigment or water, respectively.
In fact, for those with no experience operating a sprayer, these low-tech painting tools are recommended.Whether or not you make any repairs, remember that brick must be completely dry for the paint to adhere successfully.After cleaning, delay painting for a period of at least 24 hours.If you do not intend to stain the mortar, then seal it off with painter’s tape.
(You can also use this trick if you decide to paint after all.)If you decide to move forward with staining, be sure to test the stain on an inconspicuous part of the brick.Depending on the area of the surface you wish to paint, use a brush or roller or paint sprayer to apply a coat of latex primer.