Painting brick surfaces helps to bring new life to the mortar. Tools required include a roller with 3/4-inch nap, brush, roller pan and wire brush. For large walls, consider renting a pressure washer to speed the cleaning process. Materials needed are primer, paint, and premixed mortar patch. The time required for the job depends on the size of the surface.
- Clean the bricks
Clean the bricks using a brush, soap and water. For hard to remove stains, use a mixture of water and trisodium phosphate
- Make needed repairs
If the brick was previously painted, use a wire brush to remove any loose or peeling paint. Repair any missing or cracked mortar using a premixed mortar patch. Caulk and seal any cracks in the brick.
- Prime the wall
Once the patches have dried, apply a latex primer for use on masonry surfaces to the wall. Be sure that all surfaces, including mortar, are primed. Give time for the primer to dry completely before applying the finishing coat of paint.
- Paint the bricks
Apply two coats of 100 percent acrylic paint using a roller and brush. Be sure to coat all surfaces with paint, including the bottoms and the bricks at the mortar joints. Follow the manufacturer's directions for time to wait between coats.