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The 4 Best Paints for Painting Brick

Painting your brick is an easy and affordable way to update your home, so it’s no wonder so many people are turning to paint for a fresh new look.  If you’re here, you might be asking yourself “what’s the best paint for painting brick?”.  We’ve done the heavy lifting for you and compiled a list of the 4 best paints for painting brick.  Read on and find the paint that best suits your needs.

nice two story brick home painted white

Best in Class: Emerald

Emerald has quickly become Sherwin Williams’ premier exterior painting product.  This is thanks to its outstanding coverage and cross-linking technology, which makes it stronger than your average paint and easier to clean.  For extra cleaning power, we recommend checking out Emerald Rain Refresh with hydro-phobic properties.  Thanks to the technological advancements introduced with Emerald, it offers superior resistance to blistering, peeling, fading, dirt pickup, and mildew.  As an acrylic latex paint, it will also help any moisture evaporate quickly, which helps to create an even more durable product.

Best Buildable Brick Paint: Regal High Build 

Regal High Build has been around for what might feel like forever.  The High Build version of this Benjamin Moore classic is great for painting brick as you can really build up the coverage.  Brick is quite porous, so a thick paint, like Regal High Build, is great for getting into the nooks and crannies.  If you have incredibly textured brick this might be a great fit for you. 

close up image of unpainted brick
Brick is quite porous, so thicker paints always helps!

Best Matte Finish Brick Paint: Aura

Aura is Benjamin Moore’s number one exterior paint.  This paint isn’t as thick as Regal High Build, but it does come in a low-luster sheen that will leave you with a beautiful finish.  Aura is one of our favorite paints if you’re trying to achieve an upscale, luxurious look.  Another benefit of Aura is the exclusive Color Lock Technology, which offers richer colors and superior fade resistance.  We commonly hear people express concerns over how long their brick paint will last, so if your budget allows for it, consider Aura for your brick painting project. 

Best Masonry Paint: Loxon

If you’re looking for a paint that was specifically designed with brick in mind, look no further than Sherwin Williams Loxon.  Loxon is a concrete and masonry coating that offers fantastic weather protection.  Unlike some other masonry products, it was designed to be more breathable.  This allows the paint to act more like standard acrylic paint and reduces the risk of blistering and peeling.  Loxon is versatile and can be used on bare, or previously painted concrete, stucco, masonry, and cement boards. We love that it comes in both flat and satin sheens and we are confident that you’ll love the finished look.

Is It Good to Paint Brick?

By now, you can see that there are plenty of great products out there for painting brick.  Brick painting has become a huge trend over the last few years and it doesn’t show any signs of slowing down.  Some people do worry about whether it’s “good” to paint brick.  There are arguments on both sides of this topic, but we find that the only opinion you need to worry about, is yours.  Brick has been painted for years and years without any bad side effects.  Painting brick doesn’t make your brick breakdown any faster and it shouldn’t cause any challenges to your home maintenance.  The most important thing to be aware of is that once you do paint your brick there’s no going back. 

a guy painting brick white
There is no going back when you paint brick!

No matter what you’ve heard or read, sandblasting or scraping your brick to remove paint will not really work.  Since brick is so porous, it’s impossible to remove all of the paint from it, much like stucco.  This just means you will need to add painting your home to your maintenance schedule.  For the longest-lasting paint job, we recommend the products mentioned above.  They are high-end, time-tested, and built to last at least 8-12 years.  If you do choose to go with an economy paint you might be looking at painting every 4-6 years so keep that in mind. 

We hope that this article helped you determine which of the 4 best paints for painting brick will work best for you project needs. If you’re looking for some brick painting inspiration, we recommend checking out our Instagram profile, Facebook, and our Pinterest page.  We post frequently and do our best to include the paint colors used on the project for your reference!