The Best Exterior Brick Paint for Long Lasting Results

If you plan to paint your home's brick exterior, it’s critical to choose the correct product to protect your home and give you lasting results. Brick is a porous material that needs to breathe. Other types of exterior paint can trap moisture behind the brick, causing problems with mold. Latex paint over brick will chip, fade, and even cause the brick to crumble over time. If you want lasting results without frequent repainting, it’s important to know what to look for when shopping for exterior brick paint. The best exterior home paint for a brick building is a breathable paint formula, like Romabio’s mineral-based Masonry Paint.

What is masonry paint?

Masonry paint is a product designed specifically for use on brick, stucco, stone, and concrete surfaces. Because brick is porous, it can wick moisture from within, and that moisture needs to be able to dissipate. In order to avoid trapping moisture in the home, brick requires a specific type of paint that is non-absorbent and breathable, to avoid trapping moisture within the home. The best brick paint will resist moisture, dirt, mold, and mildew while also providing a high level of protection from UV damage, weather, and natural degradation that can occur over time. Available in a multitude of colors, masonry paints are designed for use on residential exteriors, as well as commercial and industrial buildings. Romabio Masonry Paint is a natural mineral-based product that binds to the brick and creates a durable, permeable coating. 

Brick house painted custom color

Brick home painted with Romabio Masonry Paint

Whitewashing Brick With Masonry Paint Vs. Limewash

The best options for giving exterior brick a fresh, new look are masonry paint and limewash. Masonry paint provides a solid, even color. By contrast, limewash is a thinner, paint-like mixture made from limestone and water used to create an antiqued, whitewashed finish. It leaves some of the brick exposed for a finish that’s rich in character. Choosing between these two options comes down to the finish and color you prefer.While masonry paint provides a freshly-painted, contemporary look, limewash has an old-world, distressed feel. Limewash only comes in shades of white, off-white and beige, while masonry paint can be custom-tinted in thousands of colors.

Brick whitewashed with masonry paint vs. limewash

Brick whitewashed with masonry paint vs. limewash

People who select masonry paint like the fact that the color is highly customizable and fully covers old brick to completely update the look of a brick house. It is easy to apply, typically requiring only two coats. Plus, it does not require any artistic application techniques like limewash does. Simply apply the paint as you would regular exterior paint to coat every surface evenly.

Benefits of Romabio Masonry Flat Paint

Beyond providing a smooth, no-chip finish, Romabio’s Masonry Flat Paint has numerous benefits that make it superior to acrylic paint. Here are the most notable features of this specially formulated paint.


Regardless of where your home or office is located, masonry paint provides a thick sealant to protect the brick against all weather conditions. Rain, hail, ice, and intense temperatures are no match for weather-tested masonry paint. Whereas regular acrylic paints will crack, fade, and chip over time, Romabio’s Masonry Flat Paint is designed to withstand the harshest climates. This type of protection is critical for both the look of your home as well as the integrity of the brick.

Flawless Finish

The application of Romabio’s Masonry Flat Paint results in a smooth, even texture that creates a sophisticated, modern update to your home. This paint is designed with outdoor durability in mind and has a 20-year warranty.


The mineral compounds in Romabio Masonry paint calcify to the surface of the brick, which allows moisture to escape. With a permeability rating of 70+, this paint allows the brick to fully dry out, preventing mold or mildew from forming that might destroy the foundation of the brick.

Protection From Sun Damage

Romabio’s Masonry Flat Paint has a UV-protective coating that prevents sun damage and fading. Keep your home looking as fresh as the day you painted it!

Fire Resistant

While acrylic paints contain combustible chemicals that are hazardous for homes in a fire, masonry paints are formulated to be fire-resistant. This means that you can also use Romabio’s Masonry Flat Paint on the exterior of a brick fireplace.

Safe and Odorless

Romabio’s masonry paints are toxin and odor-free. They are also hypoallergenic so even people with asthma or allergies can safely use them.


Romabio’s Masonry Flat Paint is mineral-based and made from natural ingredients. While latex and acrylic paints require petrochemical processing to produce, this paint is environmentally friendly.

Choosing a Masonry Paint Color

Brick home painted in Riposo Beige

Traditional red brick is less fashionable, which is why many homeowners are repainting their red brick with trendy neutral colors. White-painted brick is classic and popular everywhere, and does not trap heat in the way that dark colors do. But other popular colors for painted brick right now include beige, gray, navy, and black. The color you choose will come down to your personal taste as well as factors like your landscaping and the other finishes on your brick home. Do you prefer a sleek, modern home look with gray paint or a warmer, organic aesthetic with a tan hue? 

Keep in mind that Ring’s End can custom-tint Romabio paints to match any Benjamin Moore paint color and ship straight to your door. No matter which paint color you choose, Romabio’s Masonry Flat Paint possesses a high mineral content that will keep the color from changing over time.

How to Paint Exterior Brick

Home exterior painted white with Romabio Masonry Flat Paint

Once you've picked out the perfect brick paint color for your home exterior, it’s time to paint! Painting brick exteriors is simple with Romabio’s Masonry Flat Paint, but you can also hire a professional painter to complete your paint job. Consult this guide for more information on how to paint your brick.

Step 1: Prep

Start by power-washing the surface of your brick to clean it. You can also use a garden-safe cleaning solution if you don’t have a pressure washer. The surface of the brick should be free from all dirt, oil, mold, and insects. Repair any cracks with grout so that the surface is even. The brick should be dampened for painting.

Step 2: Prime

If you have new or unpainted brick, then you can skip this step. To test whether or not you need to prime your brick, splash water onto it, and see if it soaks in or not. If the droplets bead off, then the brick will need to be primed. If the droplets are absorbed, then you don’t need to prime.

Step 3: Paint

Apply Romabio’s Masonry Flat Paint the same way you would any indoor paint. Start at a corner and work your way along the surface of the brick until it is completely covered. You will need two coats of paint to provide full coverage of the brick. Wait 4-8 hours for the first coat to fully dry before applying the second.

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