Brick Colouring techniques

The Ultimate Guide to Brick Colouring Techniques

Five ways of changing the colour of your bricks

  1. Paint: Painting is a popular alternative to brick tinting. Paint can be applied in any color and can create a uniform look across the entire surface of the brickwork. However, paint can chip or peel over time and may require frequent touch-ups or repainting. One of the most pressing concerns you might have is the longevity of the brick colouring method.

  2. Limewashing: Limewashing is a technique that involves applying a mixture of lime, water, and pigment to the surface of the brick. Its the more tradtional method proir to the adoption of modern paints. It can create a natural-looking, matte finish that is breathable and allows the brick to age naturally. Limewashing might be approriate for more tradtional buildings, as it does not effect breathability or permeability . Limiting breathability of brickwork can be harmful to bricks, especially older softer ones. Despite several advantages, the disadvantages are that the process is tricky to control and that several coats might be needed.

  3. Sandblasting: Sandblasting is a process that involves using compressed air to blast sand or other abrasive materials onto the surface of the brick. This can be used to remove surface stains or to create a more textured, rustic look. Generally sandblasting can be used to remove colour or stains, and not adding colour to bricks.  But sandblasting can be expensive and can damage the surface of the brick if not done correctly. Sandblasting is quite an aggresive method, and should cleaning be required, one should research other methods of cleaning that use high temperature , low pressure steam to clean the surface.

  4. Masonry staining: Masonry staining is a process that involves applying a colored stain to the surface of the brick to alter its appearance. Like brick tinting, it can create a natural-looking finish that is resistant to weathering and UV radiation. However, masonry staining can be difficult to control and can result in an uneven or splotchy finish. This method is not widespread, due to the disadvantages, and also, brick tinting generally has all the advantages and non of the disadvantages .

  5. Brick Tinting – This the the technique of permanently staining the brick using natural pigments in a solution of potassium silicate which chemically bonds with the brick itself. Potassium silicate, also known as water glass, is a type of inorganic compound made from potassium oxide and silica. When used for brick tinting, it forms a chemical bond with the surface of the brick, creating a durable and long-lasting color. Potassium silicate is often used for tinting bricks that are exposed to harsh weather conditions or high levels of traffic because of its ability to resist water and abrasion.

More information about brick colouring

At DB Powell Repairs, we are well versed in the art of brick colouring using the method of brick tinting.

We provide brick tinting services across the nothwest uk for a range of custmers including national house builders, small builders, developers and private customers .

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Check out some examples in the following posts for some examples of recent examples .

“Sound mate!-I’m well chuffed” – How brick tinting made this customer happy with the bricks on his new garage conversion.

Brick Tinting Example – Matching brickwork on a new extension to a Grade II listed building.


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