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Painting Brick

Discussion in 'Hand Made Signs' started by piccadillysigns, Jul 9, 2012.

  1. piccadillysigns

    piccadillysigns Member

    Jan 31, 2012
    Hi Guy's

    I have been asked to re paint over some old painted Letters on a brick wall, and wonder if I could pick up some tips as this is a little out of my experience!

    Wire Brush the old paint off leaving enough to use as a guide, Clean wall, Prime With Latex, Paint With Latex, to seal or not to seal?
    Client would like everything just the same just repainted. Brick and mortar are in good shape. 36' x 36"

    Any advice would be helpful, thanks in advance.

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  2. Gino

    Gino Premium Subscriber

    Jun 7, 2006
    That's about all ya can do. Remember, plenty of face masks and close fitting ones.

    You'll need some form of blowing the powder/dust away. Do you have a gas run portable air compressor or a generator and take a compressor along ??

    I know a lot of people are into Latex paints for just about everything, but I'd still do the top coats in Ronan or 1Shot paints. The durability for the most part is far longer.

    By the looks of it, it's along a pavement. You might need special permits to have possible lead paints being removed without protective covering.

    Start early in the morning, cause as the day wears on, the paint will dry in the heal f your brush... especially with latex.
  3. ChicagoGraphics

    ChicagoGraphics Major Contributor

    Feb 27, 2007
    I never heard of using latex on a brick wall before, but in these times today anything is possible I guess. I would use 1 Shot lettering enamels.
  4. piccadillysigns

    piccadillysigns Member

    Jan 31, 2012
    Good tips, thanks
  5. Billct2

    Billct2 Major Contributor

    Mar 12, 2005
    New England
    I have one word of advice on painting brick....Fitches
  6. visual800

    visual800 Very Active Member

    Aug 4, 2010
    montgomery, alabama
    latex flat is what I would do and then top coat with high gloss like a PPG performance or a rust skat paint. one shot is a definite no!..at least for me
  7. Scott Reynolds

    Scott Reynolds Active Member

    Feb 5, 2005
    Dont know about a wire brush, I'd go to town on it with a high pressure spray washer, (warsher if your from KS) and leave to let it dry overnight. Then sweep the dryed paint flakes the next day. The water might help with the dry lead paint flakes floating about in the air.

    Dumb question from a dumb dude. Why not use a elastomeric masonry paint to paint a brick or block wall. I see a lot of people talking about one shot and other "sign" paints. Just asking because I dont know anything about painting lettering on a brick wall.
  8. Jillbeans

    Jillbeans Major Contributor

    Dec 24, 2003
    Butler, PA
    Clean as suggested, then coat out using Ronan Block Out White.
    Use fitches for the outlines and cheap china bristle brushes for the innards.
    Then use Ronan lettering enamels in the colors of your choice.
    Make yourself a painter's bucket to hang off your ladder with an S hook.
    Get a regular tin bucket, in it keep a soup can of paint, a rag, and a can of turpentine to add as needed, and your brushes.
    Don't forget to put down a drop cloth, because you will get drips.
  9. Craig Sjoquist

    Craig Sjoquist Major Contributor

    Jun 18, 2004
    My 2 cents

    Wire brush or pressure washer.

    Prime... latex or enamel you choose both are outstanding I use SW for latex, Ronan for enamel ( this large of letter ) latex

    Letter again latex or enamel again to me larger signs get latex.

    Note.. try to change the bottom copy to all yellow to read better or at least to read

    __customers parking at rear... instead of __customers __at rear
  10. Craig Sjoquist

    Craig Sjoquist Major Contributor

    Jun 18, 2004
    Note ..pressure washing may remove so much you may lose layout. unless careful

    Scaffold works well and safe or 2 ladders and plank

    Like Jill suggested buckets that have all your goodies needed you can pull up with a rope and hook.

    If using enamel I also use Ronan UV Aquathane clear coat if paying extra, also on latex or I just charge for it normally now ..cheapo customers I do not clear coat.

    Latex now days are awesome Sherman Williams Latex paints have a very bright white and one customers ask for on signs, besides long lasting, easy to paint with on rough surfaces.

    Get high quality latex house brushes the 1" will work well for trim outline then fill with larger..Another option is stiff smaller artist brush less then 1" larger then 1/4" depends what you are comfortable with and how accurate you want to be.

    Arcola murals 100% painted with latex no clear coat... will last 10 - 20 years easy ... Nova colors....you see the detail that can be achieved and brightness.

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  11. Si Allen

    Si Allen Very Active Member

    Jul 17, 2004
  12. round man

    round man Active Member

    Oct 16, 2005
    After 40 years of painting walls on at least a monthly basis, I would suggest after wirebrushing the copy to seal the copy with a clear transparent masonry sealer. this will prevent the chipping you see taking place on the original and act as a clear primer,...
  13. piccadillysigns

    piccadillysigns Member

    Jan 31, 2012
    Thanks for all the advice guy's , this really helped when I quoted this today,
    I would buy you all a beer if you were closer :)


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