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Color design expert Sharon Grech on outdoor paints, stains and colors

Sharon Grech, color design expert for Benjamin Moore, was the guest last week on Post staff writer Jura Koncius’s Home Front online chat. Here is an edited excerpt:

Q: I have outside-facing bricks that look a bit dull with age.

I want to freshen them up with a coat of appropriate paint, but my husband insists there is no such thing. He thinks that bricks should be able to breathe and paint will restrict their breathing.

I painted some internal brickwork around the fireplace.

It was a very hard process to paint the grout.

Can you freshen and paint outside brick and, if so, with which paint product?

What is the easiest way to paint brick and get the best coverage?

A: Paint can be applied to brick, as you have tested yourself!

Just a few things to keep in mind: Once you paint it, there is no going back.

You want to ensure there are no underlying moisture problems before you commit.

If the brick is in great shape, be sure it is dry (no rain for a few days).

To avoid primer, I always use either Benjamin Moore’s Aura Exterior or Regal Select Exterior paint.

If you can spray it, that’s the easiest. Otherwise use a high-pile roller to get it in the mortar.

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