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Painting bare brick attic wall

Discussion in 'Decorating and Painting' started by huw169, 21 Jul 2021.

  1. huw169

    huw169

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    Hi all
    We are making our attic more usable, so a bit of tidying needed. The end wall is brick and a bit scruffy. I intend on tidying it up with a view to painting it white as the room needs brightening up.

    Any tips on how to seal and paint so it doesn’t all start flaking off in a few months?
    Thanks
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    Hi,
    I am in exactly the same situation.
    I was hoping others might have some ideas.
    Your wall looks in a pretty decent state! Many of my bricks are spalling and flakey.
    I was going to give this a try, just because I had it lying around.
    https://www.screwfix.com/p/no-nonsense-stone-tile-sealer-1ltr/5163v
    It states it's breathable which should be good for the lime mortar.
    Time will tell if its any good!
    I have seen others apply render, but that won't be breathable. Alternatively, just cover it up with a stud wall! ;)
     
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    In my last house I painted an exposed chimney breast (lime mortar) and in 15 years only half a brick went flakey (salt deposits).

    I hadn’t sealed it, just used emulsion.

    If the surface is flakey you could use, Everbuild 406, this hardens and Stabilises friable surfaces, then paint over.
     
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    Thanks guys. It cleaned up really well, and as the rest of the room and roof will be white, so we elected to just IPA seal it.
     
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    Judging by the soot stains, the roof has been leaking where its flashed to the chimney. Has that been fixed?
     
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    Yes, that is years old.
     
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