Brick veneer may look like traditional brick, but it is a fraction of the size and cost. This makes it a popular option for many homeowners, and gives you a good opportunity to experiment with painted brick. While many people may consider painting load bearing brick a travesty, brick veneer can easily be replaced if necessary.
Step 1: Start by cleaning the brick veneer with a medium stiffness nylon bristled brush and a TSP solution. Use a garden hose to rinse the brick veneer if you are working outside, you should use a sponge to rinse the cleaning solution from the veneer if it is inside. Allow the brick veneer to dry for at least 8 hours, or until it is completely dry, before proceeding.
Step 2: Fill in any cracks or holes in the brick with a paintable silicon caulk. Allow the caulk to dry thoroughly before proceeding.
Step 3: Use painter’s tape to cover any areas you do not wish to paint. A drop cloth should be placed on the ground or floor to protect against drips.
Step 4: Apply a coat of acrylic latex primer to the surface of the brick veneer using a thick napped paint roller.
Step 5: Look for areas you missed with the roller and apply the primer to those areas on the brick veneer with a paintbrush. Allow for 2-4 hours for the primer to dry on the brick veneer before continuing.
Step 6: Apply a coat of acrylic exterior house paint to the surface of the brick veneer using a paint roller. Apply paint to any missed areas with a paintbrush. Let the brick veneer dry completely before you continue.
Step 7: Apply another coat of acrylic exterior paint to the brick veneer. Allow the paint to dry for at least two hours; do any touch ups with a paintbrush as necessary.
Step 8: If you are painting the exterior of your home, use silicone caulk around the door frame and windows where it meets the brick. This gives the paint job a finished appearance, and protects against drafts.