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Faux Brick Panels were never that easy to paint

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Bringing exterior finishes into the inside as an interior design device has been around for multiple decades. This idea was utilized and proliferated in some of the most forward modern architects in the middle of the last century, but this as a design feature was pioneered by Frank Lloyd Wright during this era. However, this is still a very fresh and relevant method by which class, an air of freshness and age can be achieved by leaving existing brickwork in place. However, this is based on the luck of having a brick interior wall behind whatever wallboard or covering is in place, but often faux brick panels were utilized when brick was not an option. These are still as beautiful as a real brick wall, but in many cases, the color in these faux brick panels are somewhat dated.

In this case, it is not necessary to replace them, but to simply update them in the latest fashionable colors with a re-paint. There are only a few supplies needed, but not many beyond regular paint supplies. For a faux panel re-paint, painters tape is needed. This can be blue or green tape depending on preference, but it must be timed released tape. Because of the drying time and painting technique, tape release will be an issue if brown masking tape or inferior brands of timed release tapes are used. Additional items include a drop cloth, single gallon sized bucket, dish washing liquid, a well outfitted vacuum, paint, tooth and artist brushes, cleaning and tack cloths, primer, and latex paint, roller and a tray.

Next, it is time to match your paint to not only the latest fashionable colors, but also to whatever décor is present in the space currently. This is a design technique utilized to make a space cohesive in color. However, if done correctly, the faux brick panel will look just like the real thing and updated successfully in the most modern colors. So to get started, tape off all sensitive areas including adjacent walls, the ceiling and floor. Tape far enough out in all places, but especially on the floor. Add the tarp to this widened area of tape on the floor and begin to vacuum the bricks. Use the brush attachment while the vacuum is operating to loosen all product that is not adhered as paint. Do this thoroughly because the panels must be cleaned of all debris from the crags and cracks in the brick surface.

Next, use the dish washing liquid and cloths to clean the surface further and dry the surface completely. This is not simply further cleaning, the dish washing liquid will remove oils from the surface, and removing any residual oils aids in securing effective adhesion. To complete the preparation of the surface, utilize the tack cloth after the thorough cleaning and thorough drying process to remove any residual lint or any newly laid dust layer. Next, apply the primer coat. There are many theories on how to roll paint and primer, but just make sure the coat is even and thinly laid. Add paint and primer toward the middle and then spread to corners so that the edges do not become saturated. After the primer coat is dried thoroughly, start to paint in the same fashion. If the grout color is to be changed, paint the brick color first and then the grout lines. Clean up tape while paint is wet but not runny at all, this offers the best chance to achieve a smooth release.

 

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