What paint do I use for basement exterior brick?
Linda from Ludington, MI
I was told to "tar" it because it also will seal it and keep the moisture out. A contractor at my mom's told me this, and that it is much better than painting it. (09/23/2008)
It likely needs cleaning first, if for no other reason that to remove loose debris prior to painting. This can be easily accomplished by renting a pressure washer. Take care not to concentrate the flow on the grout lines as that will quickly erode the mortar. Allow the surface to "completely" dry before painting.
Brick is very porous and so should be treated with an exterior acrylic masonry primer (Zinsser Bullseye 123 is one possibility) prior to painting or staining. Also, if a more smooth painting surface is desired, products such as Sherwin-Williams' PrepRite Block Filler allow the topcoat to be more uniform and unbroken.
Proper prep is everything when painting or re-painting brick or concrete block work. (09/23/2008)
You need to be certain, sure and positive. Painting brickwork is pretty much a one-way street. You can NOT decide you don't like the "look" and go back to brick.
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