How Long Does Painted Brick Last?

calander Aug 12 , 2022 user-icon Nash Painting

Thinking about painting your exterior brick in Nashville? Here’s the inside scoop…

Painting brick is super popular, and has been for a long, long time. In just a matter of days you can radically update your house, protect against damage, and add real value.

There are just a couple of chief objections people raise. First, why would you paint a timeless surface? Brick actually isn’t timeless at all. An experienced eye can date a house by the way the brick is constructed and the materials that are used without a second glance.

And second, why would you paint a surface that doesn’t ever need to be maintained on its own? Well, brick is definitely NOT a maintenance-free surface - let’s dispel that myth right off the bat. If you consider it to be, you’re in for some expensive surprises down the road. Plus, if you paint brick the right way, it lasts a long, long, LONG time.

The “right way.” That’s key, and it sets the stage for answering just how long painted brick will last.

The best way to paint a brick house in Nashville

Brick painting in Nashville

If you skip steps or use the wrong product for the job, you’re in for serious trouble. It literally pays to do the job correctly! Here’s how we paint brick at Nash Painting:

  • First, we lightly wash the brick. We use a power washer, but we dial the pressure way back. The goal is to remove dust, pollen, and mold growth without damaging the surface or causing moisture intrusion.

  • We then apply a coat of Sherwin Williams Loxon XP high-build primer and finish in one.

  • Next, we fill any cracks or holes with caulking to keep both pests and water out. Do NOT fill weep holes since they give trapped water a way to escape.

  • Finally, we apply a second coat. SW says that this is a one-coat product, but we’ve found that we can layer in some extra efficiency by using the high-build primer and finish in one, applied in two coats. The results are outstanding, creating a beautiful, non-porous surface.

How long does painted brick last?

Now we can truly answer the question with all the proper context in place.

If you start with a clean (uncoated) surface and follow all the right steps with all the right products, your painted brick could last 20 years or more.

If you suffocate the surface with regular house paint, and don’t follow the right steps, your paint will likely fail in under 5 years.

Have more questions about brick painting in Nashville?

Contact us today! We’d also recommend you visit this brick painting overview, complete with the top FAQ we hear, just for some extra information.