How to Paint a Brick Fireplace
A lot of homes have fireplaces that are never being used anymore. It costs more to run a fireplace then pay for conventional heating in many urban areas. There is a certain amount of maintenance required on a fireplace for safety and cleanliness. This is the reason why people do away with the use of fireplace. But since the fireplace is there what do you do with it?
Some people disassemble them, take them apart and then re-drywall the area it was in. Some other situations where they are dressed up and covered with wood architecture to make the fireplace look different than it was.
But if you decide that you want to paint the fireplace instead it can be done. Some brickwork or stonework on fireplaces have deep mortar joints that have to be accessed with either a brush or thick piled roller or even a paint sprayer.
As a residential painting contractor in Toronto there is a point where we decide we are going to use the paint sprayer instead.
To start with the first thing is to cover the entire area where the painting will be done. Make sure that there is nowhere that the paint can sprinkle onto and destroy floors or furniture. Once you feel comfortable that everything is covered properly assess what you have to do first with the fireplace. Check to make sure that there are no loose pieces of brick or stone or mortar that should come out before painting. There’s lots of times when there are cracks in the mortar or voids. The obvious ones you can immediately repair by filling them with either mortar or you can use a paintable latex caulking. Also make sure that your brick/stone fireplace is clean enough to paint using cleaning agents if necessary or wire brush. Vacuum off the fireplace getting rid of any loose debris that will mix in with the primer.
Next you can start priming with a combination of roller and brush if you’re doing this manually. We generally uses a heavy pile roller used for exterior brick painting these are usually over three-quarter inch pile nap or more these are the big fluffy rollers you see at the paint store.
3/4″ to 1 1/2″ Rough surfaces like brick, concrete, stucco, textured ceilings or walls, Spanish plaster, cement block, corrugated metal, rough wood.
This roller has to be handled with care because it holds a lot of paint and can cause a very sloppy job. It should only be used on very coarse surfaces where you have to get into grooves and crevices. Be careful not to leave huge globs and deposits of paint with this roller it has to be gone over a second or third time with a dry roller to pick up any excess hanging and running paint.
When all the rolling is done and you are comfortable with the surface finish of the roller work on the fireplace inspect to see where you have missed out because the roller would not reach an, and this you can fix up with a brush. When the fireplace priming is done you can continue with the first and second coats of finish coat. A good quality acrylic latex paint should be used because it is more cleanable and durable.