06 Aug Staining, Painting Or Whitewashing Bricks
As homeowners, we all go through that stage when the colour of our brick home starts fading, and we find ourselves wanting to bring its previous colour and sheen.
But, how to do that? You can regain the previous splendour of your place by updating your brick home. To that, you may do Painting brick, Staining brick and Whitewashing brick.
So, which option do you use?
In this article, we will show you the best option to match your needs. Mind you, all three options are different, and they produce different yields and results. However, there are notable similarities in all three options.
So, let’s get started and know how each option works.
Whitewashing is a method that involves the use of salt, hydrated lime, and water. The mixture is used on the brick wall to conceal the natural brick colour. The end colour which ranges from bright white to translucent is dependent on the concentration of the hydrated lime in the mixture. Whitewashing maintains the natural brick texture while adhering to any surface.
People usually use paint as a substitute for the lime, salt and water mixture. But the result is inferior albeit it creates a similar look.
To whitewash, you need a rag and paintbrush. Use the paintbrush to apply the mixture, and the rag wipe any excess. As a rule of thumb, apply the mixture from top to bottom. You can make the mixture thick or watery according to your taste.
This is a process everyone is used to. All you need to do is apply paint over the surface of the brick. Unlike the previous method that goes into the brick structure, paint only rests on the surface of the brick. Painting can still do a formidable job however, it makes the brick lose its feel and natural integrity.
One major drawback of painting is the temporary effect. It requires regular reapplication and maintenance. Paints can degrade easily, and at the same time, peel off the brick surface.
Staining completes the textual integrity of the brick. It allows the natural visual properties of the brick to standout, rather than masking it. Rather than adhere to the surface like paint, it goes into the brick structure. It accentuates the natural brick properties.
The application process is similar to that of painting. Simply clean the surface, apply the stain on a brick using a brush. Remember to test the colour, to know if it will produce the desired results.
Making your choice
Although it looks like there is a standout method among all three options, picking the best option depends on your needs. If you require a permanent option, whitewashing or staining will serve you best rather than painting.