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Re: fireplace painting

Posted By: Don
Sunday, 8 November 1998, at 6:56 a.m.

In Response To: fireplace painting (karen)

Karen,

I guess I have a problem in general with painting brick. It's a personal preference and it has to do with the fact that brick is one of the few things that one can install that is virtually maintenance free. My maintenence background tells me that one should never apply a product to change a maintenace free surface to a surface that requires maintenance. ( I also feel pretty strongly about painting natural finished woodwork...)

Hmmmm... Ok, that being said, you can paint anything including brick to match or compliment a room. The only thing you really need to consider is that on a working fireplace, if the painted surface is exposed to higher heats you will get discoloration and it will require new paint on occation.

And of course if you ever decide to return a color where the original brick finish would complement the room, you will probably never be able to go backwards. Getting paint out of brick and mortar is nearly impossible.

Since I have such a strong personal preference, I have never followed what products might best serve your needs here, so I won't be much help in knowing what types of paint would be best to use.

But if I had to choose... I suppose I would go with paint before I put fake brick over the top... My choice would probably be to remove the existing brick (assuming it was not structual...) and put in a new brick product that had warm earth tones or maybe a marble or limestone that would go with anything.

Oh well... You know what free advice is worth!:-)

Have a wonderful week!

Don

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