Cost to Paint a Brick Wall – 2021

| Last Updated: August 23, 2021

National Average Improvement and Repair Cost

Pro

DIY

Hours:

6.3

6.5

Cost:

$ 205

$ 75

Would you do this project? According to our survey, 61% of respondents preferred DIY compared to hiring a pro.

The average price to Install Paint a Brick Wall noted above is cost data to compare a contractor’s estimate with doing it yourself.

How much does it cost to paint a brick wall? The contractor cost to paint a brick wall is $205 yourself compared with doing it yourself for $75 and saving 63 percent. 

Painting a brick wall to some people is heresy because they think the authentic, rugged look of brick and grout adds character to a room. But others see exposed blotchy bricks as an unattractive surface. To down play the brick in a room – for whatever reason – painting it is an inexpensive trick designers have used for years, especially in commercial buildings.

You will need to wash the brick with a detergent solution, then rinse it to remove any residue and let the surface dry. Then you apply a masonry sealer or primer to prevent the porous brick from absorbing the paint and improve the paint’s adhesion.

We use a good quality latex paint for the two topcoats, the first applied with a wide brush to work the paint into the pores of the brick, followed by a final coat with a heavy nap roller.

A painting contractor will charge $205 to paint a 10-by-10-foot high wall, which includes labor and material. This is a small job, so you may have to pay more to get a painter to do it. In any case, you can do the job for $75, which includes the primer and paint – a 63 percent saving.

You may need a third coat if you’re painting the brick the same color as surrounding walls; it’ll depend on just how porous the bricks are and how much paint soaks into them.

Here’s advice from Behr Paint Co. about How to Paint Brick.

The average price to paint a brick wall noted above is cost data to compare a contractor’s estimate with doing it yourself.

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