We discussed last week how you can change the look of your structure’s exterior through masonry staining. But what if you want a more custom color or design?Masonry paints can help you achieve the look you want. Still, not all masonry materials are the same and finding the right paint for the job can be tricky. Here’s a few things to keep in mind so that you can make the right choices for your next masonry project.
Types of Paint
There are two main types of masonry paints. Smooth, latex based paints are easy to apply and typically the go to choice for most projects. Fine textured paints are also available to provide greater durability, and is the optimal choice for areas that are frequently exposed to harsher elements. When selecting a masonry paint look for products with microseal technology, as that will ensure your paint has some more staying power than other products.
Dealing In Brick
Make sure your surface is free from cracks, flakes and other damage. You should always apply a primer and masonry paint that formulated for masonry painting. Brick surfaces have a lot of texture, so be observant and watch out for runs and drips when painting. Do not use a pressure washer to clean brick surfaces. And keep in mind, brick is a very difficult surface to remove paint from. Know what you want from your project before committing. Typically you will want to give your project at least two coats of paint, and it’s a good idea to let the paint dry a day between coats.
Concrete breathes and absorbs moisture and paint, so it can be a little tricky. Like with any material you will want to make preparations such as removing trapped grease and dirt from the surface. Old paint should be stripped away and a sealer applied. Concrete primer, or block primer, will even out the surface to get it ready for painting. Elastomeric paint is a thicker masonry paint that contains binders necessary for working with concrete.
Masonry Repair and Restoration from Del Prete Masonry
For all of your questions regarding masonry repair and restoration, feel free to contact Del Prete Masonry. Our masonry restoration professionals have the experience and history of satisfied clients to prove that we’ll get the job done right, and cost-effectively. To get started with your masonry restoration project, please contact our office today at 410-683-0650 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We serve Baltimore City, County, Harford County, Carroll County, Anne Arundel County, and Howard County.