How to paint bricks

A  classic red brick wall is a wonderful look. But what about Twisted Rope? Or Spun Straw? How about Garden Fable? Giving your brick walls a little more personality is always a good idea. And you won’t need to fear any muck ups with a guide this simple. You’ve got this.

Step One: Brick Preparation

  • Clean surrounding area, then remove dirt or flaking paint from the wall, using a high pressure hose.
  • Then give the wall a final brush to remove any missed dirt, dust or cobwebs.
  • Mask any areas you don’t want painted.
  • Lay drop sheets where required.

Step Two: Paint Preparation

  • Stir your paint with a flat stirrer.
  • If you don’t have a paint stirrer, use an old ruler.
  • Your brush and roller soak up more paint when they’re damp, so wash them prior to use.

Step Three: Cutting In

  • Begin by cutting in with a brush.
  • Start at the top, then bottom, and go around any edges or features.
  • We recommend painting in weather between 10–30°C.
  • Keep a wet edge by not cutting in too early before using the roller.

Step Four: Rolling

  • Once you’ve finished cutting in, start painting with the roller
  • Load the roller. Make sure you have an even cover of paint around the roller sleeve before you begin.
  • If your roller doesn’t spin evenly, then the paint is uneven and you need to load up again.
  • Start rolling from bottom to top moving from one side of the wall to the other. Never start in the middle.
  • Use a roller pole to reach further with each stroke.
  • Because of the difference in finish between brush and roller, get as close as you can to where you cut in.
  • Load up your roller more often so you don’t have to work as hard.
  • Each time you finish a three to four metre section you need to lay off your paint.
  • Do this by rolling the roller without loading it up with paint. Then roll from the top of the wall to the bottom in one straight stroke.
  • Then continue along the length of the painted wall taking care to slightly overlap so you don’t cause streaks.
  • It’s important you maintain a wet edge and complete an entire section of wall before stopping so your finish isn’t patchy.
  • If the edge dries, it may create a line in your finish.
  • Allow at least two hours drying time before applying a second coat.

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