Here are some replys that have been posted about painting brick.
Sarah, Thank goodness you're not asking to paint the brick because on this Forum, you would be subjecting yourself to a lamb-basting! There isn't a 'regular soul' on this Forum (that I know of) that would encourage you to paint brick. (Moving right along ...)
As you may know (or may not know), brick is a breathable material. The inner part of the brick is softer than the outer part because the firing process heats the outside (and hardens it) faster than the inside. Thus, the brick actually 'breathes'. It absorbes moisture and gives it off too. If you were to do anything to the outer layer of the brick (like paint it, or 'stain' it, or seal it, or scrape it), you run the risk of accelerating the natural aging process of the brick. Brick is maintenance-free when left in it's 'natural' state. You don't have to paint it or stain it or seal it to prevent it from aging, like you have to do to wood. At most, a low-pressure washing for mold/mildew is all that's done. (I'll skip the pointing process ...)
I know you can buy brick in almost any shade these days. You'll have to shop around at the Home Centers, Gravel Yards, Quarry Pits, Stone Yards, and the like to get what you want but that's my advice on this one. If someone doesn't have it, ask if they know where you can get what you want. (I call it Networking with people.) My best to ya and hope this helps.
Hi, Sherry. If you will search down thru the board, you will find many posts about what's wrong with painting bricks. The biggest problem is that you will have to repaint every 5 to 10 years, no matter what.
Apparently, you went to a lot of trouble to take the paint off the brick and now you want to start painting all over again. This does not seem like a reasonable approach to me. And I will guarantee you that the brick building went for most of it's life without paint, so why destroy the historical accuracy.
My suggestion is that you contact a historical restoration expert and have him look at it. He will be able to guide you toward making the building last for a few more hundred years.
Henry in MI
Peter, if you will look down the board, you will find many questions from people who want to remove paint from brick of stone. This is difficult to impossible to do well. Once you paint brick or stone, you will be stuck with doing it forever.You might not like the natural look now, but you or some future owner of your home is sure to want it back.
Personally, I think that a painted fireplace or other painted brick or stone is a sign of someone who took the easy/cheap way on all maintenence and would never buy a house with it. It's easy to forget that something like this could affect the future resale value of your home. You might want to give this more thought.