Step-by-Step: Painting Interior Brick Walls
Step #1: Brush and Clean your Brick
Remove any nearby furniture and place a drop cloth around your space. Use a wire brush to remove dust or any surface contaminants from the wall. Vacuum the wall dust. If you have dirt or contaminants on the brick, thoroughly clean it with a scrub brush and a high-quality surface cleaner. Let dry completely. Carefully lift the drop cloth to empty any dust and debris into the garbage.
Helpful TipDon’t paint new brick and mortar immediately after it has been installed. The mortar should cure for at least one month.
Step #2: Prepare the Brick Wall for Painting
Reposition the drop cloth in your space. Tape off your brick wall borders with painter’s tape.
Step #3: Prime the Brick Wall
Use a primer with great stain-blocking qualities and strong adhesion, like Fresh Start® High-Hiding All Purpose Primer or INSL-X® Aqua Lock® Plus Primer/Sealer. Cut in edges and prime the mortar lines with a paintbrush. Switch to a roller to cover the larger surface area. Let dry.
Helpful TipAfter priming, be sure to fill any cracks or small holes in your brick wall with acrylic caulk. Flaws will be more noticeable once you paint the surface, so be sure to cover any imperfections.
Step #4: Paint the Brick Wall
Use your paintbrush to carefully paint the mortar lines and cut in your edges first so you don’t miss any spots. After using your paintbrush for the mortar lines, switch to a roller to paint the entire surface. Start from the top and work your way down to the floor. Keep your paintbrush on hand throughout the painting process to catch any paint runs or drips. Let dry.
- Many homeowners choose a flat finish for brick, which offers a traditional look. Keep in mind, however, that semi-gloss and high-gloss finishes are easier to clean.
- Check the paint can, as dry times and cure times can differ. In addition to dry time notes on the can, you can find drying and curing times on the Technical Data Sheet (TDS) for every Benjamin Moore® product.
Step #5: Add a Second Coat
Apply an even second coat of paint using the same method as the first. Remove the painter’s tape as soon as you’ve finished with your final coat. Allow paint to dry completely before returning any nearby furniture to the area.