Painting brick faces without painting the grout/mortar

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Hyper asked 4 months ago

Sorry if this is a weird question, but I’ve been looking online for hours and I’m tired. I’ve seen a few buildings in my area that’ve painted the faces of the individual bricks on their walls, but have left the grout/mortar totally unpainted, as the title states. It looks really cool to me, as you can still see the sides of the actual brick in the little valley where the mortar is. …Is there an actual name for this? I’d prefer not to have to paint the wall myself just because I can’t get a painter to agree to do it unless it’s an actual technique or whatever.

4 Answers
Crowder Painting answered.

I don’t think this has any special name but i can imagine a way to do it.  Use a weenie roller, size and nap depends on the brick, and roll each brick individually.  Just the face.  This would be difficult or impossible for a painter to bid as the time and material is impossible to know before hand.  Maybe mention the building locations to a painter or two and ask if this can be done to your home and how much?  If no takers consider T&M a painter, pay for time and materials or an hourly rate.

MagicDave answered.

I think Carl has it best… use a small roller… but brushing (if you are proficient at it) might do a neater job … cutting in each brick face… it will go faster as you go along… 
Good Luck!

MagicDave answered.

I just thought of a faster way… make a thin cardboard template, that effectively masks out the brick face surrounding grout plus a few more inches, and hold it it place with one hand and use spray can paint with the other hand to spray paint the brick face… going from brick to brick…
Try it and see
Good Luck

MagicDave answered.

The ole brain is thinking this morning… here’s even another way… Spray Paint the ENTIRE wall area … brick faces AND Grout… using quality spray paint and a spray gun suitable for the job… after it has thoroughly dry… take a small artist style brush of appropriate size and hand paint just the grout, using a typical grout-like color… like gray…..
Try it and see
Good Luck

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