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painting an interior red brick wall

Discussion in 'Decorating and Painting' started by eta, 19 Feb 2014.

  1. eta

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    my son is buying a studio flat and it has a dark red brick wall - which to make the room lighter we want to brighten up and paint a wash white

    I wondered what the best way to do this would be - i have attached a dropbox file - showing an example I saw in a pub today

    https://www.dropbox.com/s/lau6q3vhzeyt0x1/Photo0001a.jpg

    thanks

    Wayne
     
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    You could try a brick tinting kit, something like this:

    http://www.dyebrick.com/index.html

    Darkening is probably easier than lightening but it can be done either way, although not sure about a 'wash white' effect.
    I'm sure the manufacturers could advise the best way to get what you are after if you were to contact them.
     
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    thanks for that
     
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    That looks like a wash, possibly with diluted emulsion.

    Cheers
    Richard
     
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    Thanks Richard, is it as simple as that, just diluted paint , any suggestions on the amounts of dilution?
     
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    Not really, try some experiments.

    Cheers
    Richard
     
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    To me, the bricks in your link don't look as if they have had anything done to them. They were probably that colour when they were made - they come in all sorts of shades and brand new walls can look like that, depending on the type of brick used.

    The problem anybody here has with recommending any sort of paint or colourwash is that we don't know what type of brick you have. Red brick can be smooth faced, glazed, textured and all will take paint differently, if at all. Can you post a pic of the actual bricks you have?
     
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    Thanks for the reply,
    He has not moved in yet, still going through the buying process - as soon as we can i will take a decent picture so you can see the wall and types of brick
     
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