Q: Should I paint my exposed brick?
I have a wall of exposed brick in my kitchen. I think it looks great, but we are planning to sell and am not sure if it would be a good idea, from a resale standpoint, to leave it exposed or to paint over it. What should I do? To paint or not to paint... that is the question.
A: It's a matter of taste.
There is no right or wrong answer to your question, it's a matter of aesthetics.
Some people like exposed brick indoors while others find it looks unfinished.
That said, painting brick (especially indoors) should be carefully considered since paint removal is a PITA and messy.
If you decide to paint it, prime with a product called SealCrete. It's a milky substance that dries clear and seals the brick to prevent moisture transfer. Once that's dry, apply 2 coats of premium latex paint. I would recommend California 2010 Exterior (yes, even inside for your application) but any quality paint will do.
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A: Careful Consideration on Product
I agree with matter of taste, and also a concrete sealer, allowing a much more even paint coating, as Sherwin-Williams has a product specifically for this called Pro-Blocker. Sealing the porosity of brick and mortar, allowing an even uniform paint coat.
Careful consideration should be given using an exterior paint inside, as most exterior paints typically have ammonia's and formaldehyde's, not seen in most interior paints, Green or Not.
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