painting bricks

9 May 2008
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United Kingdom
Hi, we have a small area of exposed brick in an outbuilding which we are turning into a feature, the bricks don't match and so we want to paint them. We're going to buy some masonary paint to do this. I read on the instructions that apart from the usual clean the dust etc., off the surface the wall will need treating with stabilzer. The stabilizer is twice the price of a small tin of paint!! Does anyone know of a different method of stabilizing the wall prior to painting it? I'm not inclinded to paint the brick and have the paint flake off after a couple months. The wall isn't damp or old and crumbly, just for some reason it's been built using what ever brick the bricky could get his hands on.
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Stabiliser is required if there is something wrong with the surface. Is there?
Hi John, thanks for the quick response.

No the bricks/mortar are sound, just as I say a mulitude of different colours and shdes of brick have been used. there is no damp and the room is well ventilated and heated during the winter.
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