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How To Paint Brick Trim Around A Fireplace - page 1
The brick trim around a fireplace will sooner or later be too dirty to clean, unsightly, needful of a change to match the room's new decor, out of style or the owner will just tire of its appearance. One solution is to paint the brick fireplace trim. Consideration should be made to determine if the brick is a good candidate for painting. Does the brick become too hot that would cause the paint to blister and peel? Is the brick too dirty and sooty to paint? Will the paint adhere to the brick even under normal circumstances of wear and use? Are there particular conditions with the fireplace brick trim you propose to paint that would prevent the painting of it safely? Generally most brick can be painted and should wear very well. This project involved painting the brick trim around a fireplace for mostly aesthetic reasons. It had become dirty and the owners wanted to update the look of the room by painting the brick. The brick is all outside the fireplace insert and does not get hot so normal paint and primer were used. If the brick of your project is closer to the heat it is possible high-heat tolerant paint will have to be used. Each situation will be different. Plan, prep, prime and paint accordingly.
Preparing To Paint the Brick Trim
General painting preparation tips can be seen here Prep Work. The fireplace insert was taped with FrogTape® to protect its finish. Use clean-release type of tape for ease of removal. The brick here needed cleaning so it was vacuumed and washed with a household cleaner, rinsed and allowed to dry. I used a coarse scrubbing pad and brush to remove as much soot or smoke as possible from all the nooks and crannies. Rags or sponges would have disintegrated leaving bits of material on and in the surface. Some of the stains on the brick and mortar may be permanent, don't worry, the right primer will seal these to prevent them from bleeding through the finish paint. Since you are working with a porous surface be sure to allow the brick and mortar sufficient time to thoroughly dry before priming.
Priming the Brick Trim
The primer needed to solve two problems. The brick trim was glazed, not porous like most brick and the mortar was stained by soot or smoke. A shellac-base primer (sometimes referred to as alcohol-base) will seal stains very well and adhere to almost any interior surface. (This type of primer should only be used on exterior surfaces for small spot priming.) Shellac-base primer will dry to the touch fairly quickly but should be allowed to dry 1 to 3 days to maximize its stain sealing and adherence abilities. One of several companies making a shellac-base primer is Rustoleum®. Clean brushes and tools used in a shellac-base primer with denatured alcohol or ammonia. If the primer has dried on the brush soak it in equal parts of ammonia and water until the primer is softened and then use a steel brush to scrub it clean. One coat of a shellac-base primer was used for this project but other types may be suitable for your brick. Determine your needs and choose accordingly. Stain sealing and high adhesion primers are also available in water-base and oil-base products.
After the primer is dry inspect the surface for pits, voids or cracks. To improve the look of the job these should be filled with spackling, caulk or similar filler. Since brickwork naturally is somewhat rough caulk can be used for these imperfections. Just squeeze a bit into the pits and voids and wipe off with a moist rag. Fill cracks between the brick and mouldings and smooth the caulk with a moist finger. Larger cracks may require more than one application of caulk since most caulks will shrink some as they cure. Allow the caulk to dry before applying the paint. See more details about caulk at How To Caulk. If your brick is very smooth but has some pits and voids I would spackle these and sand them smooth to match the smooth surface of the brick. After sanding prime these spots before applying the finish paint. Go now to How To Paint Brick Trim - page 2.
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