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#1 posted 02-16-2017 04:22 PM

I can only speak to my experience with my house. My house was built in the 60’s and the entire first floor exterior walls are poured concrete that used forms to look like brick. It had been painted numerous times by the time I bought it 10 years ago. When I bought it, it was a drab gray color. Like a cold, gray sky in winter, it made you sad just looking at it.

I have a friend that is a union painter and has years of experience, so it probably went a lot quicker than it will for you. He used an airless paint sprayer (which you can rent from HD if you don’t want to buy and store it) and lots of masking tape and plastic drop cloths. The entire job was done in 4 hours. But since there were already so many coats, the paint didn’t really soak in.

Before

After

The tan color was the color we chose for the grout lines in the “brick”. I then used a roller to paint the brick faces. But I made such a mess, I had to go back with an artists brush and touch up the grout lines. I should have just sprayed the house red and did the grout lines by hand. I would have saved a couple hundred dollars on paint.

-- Tony, SW Chicago Suburbs


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