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Is painting brick fascia good, bad?

user-1023181 | Posted in General Questions on

My wife wants me to paint the brick fascia on our circa 1965 house located near Baltimore, Maryland, zone 4A. What are the pros and cons of doing this with respect to reservoir effects. If it is ok is any special prep work required and what kind of paint should I use? Also, I notice there are no weep holes; was this common in the mid 1960s; is it something I should do something about? Thanks for any help.

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  1. wjrobinson | | #1

    Paint it. Sherwin Williams stores (or other pro store) like to help. Only problem I have had is not getting cleaners and etches completely rinsed off, and all dry.

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    Martin Holladay | | #2

    I'm not sure what you mean by a "brick fascia." I usually use the word "fascia" to mean the vertical board forming part of the cornice -- in other words, the board that is 90 degrees to the soffit, connecting the soffit to the metal drip edge at the bottom of your roof.

    I don't recommend that exterior bricks be painted. Once they are painted, you'll have a maintenance chore for as long as you own the building. For further discussions of this issue, see:

    "What Should I Know Before Painting a Brick House?"

    The Pros and Cons of Painting Brick Surfaces.

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