Exterior house painting in Pleasant Hill has its share of difficulties, and one of them is painting brick. Brick is notorious for being difficult to paint and maintain because the bricks are porous and thus absorb paint. Not to mention they also show efflorescence, the white chalk-like deposits which have been quite a problem. It's important to clean the efflorescence off before applying paint.
Here are steps on how to paint brick:
For removing more stubborn dirt and efflorescence, use a solution that consists of trisodium phosphate with a gallon of water. To clean off a larger expanse of brickwork, use a pressure washer if you own one, or if you're going to rent one. For removing mold and mildew, use a solution consisting of one part bleach and three parts water. Apply the solution; let it soak for about 30 minutes to make sure the brick is free from mold and mildew. After that, scrub the brick using a wire brush. Again, rinse thoroughly after the brick has been cleaned.
However, if you cannot find it or you don't want to use elastodynamic paint, you can use regular acrylic latex paint that's suited for exterior house painting. This type of paint is formulated to resist mold and mildew by preventing moisture from soaking into the brick.
Painting brick is an inexpensive way to update the look of the exterior of your house. Contact a professional painting contractor like Custom Painting, Inc. if you decide painting the brick is something you'd rather not try when house painting in Pleasant Hill.
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