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Painting brick

I posted this on the garage forum but haven't gotten any responses and I have to decide today.

I just had the floors coated, now the brick just doesn't look that good, in person it has a lot of bad spots where concrete and mortar is on it.
So I was thinking about painting it grey to match the trim and floor. More of an industrial shop look. I hate the thought of painted brick, but think it would look better.
It would only be painted inside. Outside would remain original.

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Old 07-07-2006, 10:10 AM
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Nice garage! I wish mine looked that good.
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I don't think I would paint the brick. No matter what you do with the paint it will look like painted brick. Maybe strap some furring strips to it and hang some drywall on it and build a ledge all the way around the garage from it. Just my .02

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Old 07-07-2006, 11:22 AM
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I don't think I would paint the brick. No matter what you do with the paint it will look like painted brick. Maybe strap some furring strips to it and hang some drywall on it and build a ledge all the way around the garage from it. Just my .02

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Good idea, maybe consider FRP-fibreglass reinforced panel over drywall or ply, will take fair amount of abuse and easy to clean. Availabe at the Home Centers.
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Old 07-07-2006, 01:55 PM
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I think it would look nice if you painted it, as long as you take your time and do it right. What did you coat your floors with? It looks awesome. I am going to do mine soon but I am pretty picky. I don't want some cheap coating that will lift in a month.
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The coating is Epoxy, I hired the job out to a floor coating company. Lifetime warranty against lifting.

We got to talking about it here and think maybe painting the bottom row of brick only. This would look like a base board to give some transition from Grey floor to Brick. The paint is the same color as the trim above the brick. It would also cover most of the concrete splashes on the brick.

I know it's "just" a garage, but I just want to finish it out. To me it still has an unfinished look about it and I really need to finish it tomorrow. All my stuff has been outside all week, been raining ever freakin day too.
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What does it cost to have something like that professionally done? I've been looking at the "kits" for doing epoxy floors and it looks like I'd probably need at least 2.
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Do you know the brandname of the material they used?
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Prices vary wildy for professionals it seems. My price for the solid grey was about $1.60 per sq ft. They come in and grind the floor and fix the cracks. That garage is about 1000 sq ft. It cost an extra $150 for them to add the solid grey rectangles.

Don't know the brand they used, I'll try to remember and ask.

My other attached-to-house garage I put the speckle flakes in it, it's about double the cost for that. They have to come back with two coats of clear after the base dries.

I heard and read mixed results for DIY, here is the best link for garage info. Mine was just to much sq. footage for me to tackle.

http://www.garagejournal.com/forum/

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TY, I had hoped to DIY but it is hard to find an industrial strength product as a consumer. I have seen the lumber store DIY kits after application and that is why i still have bare concrete. When the pros came in and painted the hangars where I work I was determined to find a good epoxy system for mine. 1.50 a sq. is well worth it if it lasts like it should.

The lastest around these parts is Hardrock http://www.homehardware.ca/en/exclus...ta%20Sheet.pdf
but they have stopped selling it due to complaints from people who did crappy cleaning and then had lifting problems. It costs over $3 a Sq to DIY with this stuff but if you did it right you would have a nice floor.

Anyway I think I might leave this one to the pros.

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Personally I would not paint it. The brick adds character to the garage. The company that did it should have took better care in their prep work. I would either paint the bottom row in a coodinating color or if worse comes to worse add a baseboard around. But remember with a baseboard that it may get wet and will be a dirt catcher. So best bet would be paint the bottom row or two.

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Old 07-08-2006, 10:43 AM
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Personally I would not paint it. The brick adds character to the garage. The company that did it should have took better care in their prep work. I would either paint the bottom row in a coodinating color or if worse comes to worse add a baseboard around. But remember with a baseboard that it may get wet and will be a dirt catcher. So best bet would be paint the bottom row or two.

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What Kevin says. I install fireplace inserts for about 4 months in the winter, painted brick looks like hell, very few people have liked the "finished" look.
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Old 07-08-2006, 11:55 AM
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Another vote for leaving it be. Adding some sort of actual baseboard (not just painting) makes sense though (from a clean up perspective). The ledge it creates is another thing to clean though. Not sure what would be durable enough to use...
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I vote to paint it.
I think painted brick looks fine.
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Clean it up and urethane it with multiple coats. nice shine
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