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How to Paint a Brick Wall

Do you have a brick wall you’d like to paint? Make it an accent wall with a bold color and a FLEXiO paint sprayer from Wagner.

DIFFICULTY: Beginner

Overview

Do you have a brick wall you’d like to paint? Make it an accent wall with a bold color and a FLEXiO paint sprayer from Wagner. Painting an accent wall is a terrific way to add life to any room, making it a focal point and a conversation starter. To really make it pop, choose a dramatic paint color that’s different than the other walls in the room. We picked a Navy blue color that’s really going to stand out in this room. And because brick is so porous, it's going to take two coats of paint to cover the entire wall.

Before

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After

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1

Prep Your Area

Start by masking and covering anything you don’t want painted, including your floor, windows, and furniture. We recommend using a canvas drop cloth to protect the floor and lightweight plastic sheeting and masking tape to protect other walls and the ceiling from overspray.

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2

Prepare Your Sprayer

The FLEXiO 3000 paint sprayer is a great tool to tackle this project. It comes with a general purpose iSpray nozzle, which is ideal for covering broad surfaces like a brick wall. Start by turning the nozzle vertical for a side to side spray pattern and set the spray width adjustment to the wide position.

Test the sprayer on some scrap cardboard to get comfortable with the sprayer and make sure you have the settings (material and airflow) correct in order to receive the best finish.

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3

Spray the First Coat Horizontal

Now we're ready to spray paint. Brick is very uneven and porous, so for the first coat it’s best to paint spray horizontally and then vertically for the second coat. This is a process called cross-hatching. Overlap each pass by 50% and make sure to keep the sprayer 6-8” away from the wall. As you're spraying, if you find a spot where the paint was a little thin, you can touch it up by gently pulling the trigger and spraying a little more paint on that spot. You might also have to go over some spots from different angles to coat the edges of the brick and the mortar joints.

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Spray the Second Coat Vertical

Now it’s time to paint spray vertically to really get in the nooks and crannies and cover up the original color of the brick. Adjust your sprayer to the vertical position. You want to make sure you're still spraying 6-8” from the wall. Continue to overlap your passes by 50%.

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5

Enjoy Your Brick Accent Wall

What a transformation! With just some paint and a FLEXiO 3000 paint sprayer, we've taken a dated-looking brick wall and turned it into something extraordinary.

Be sure to watch our how-to video to see these tips and tricks in action!

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