So you want to know whether you can use bitumen paint on brick? Well, let’s have a look and find out if this is a good idea or not.

Will Bitumen paint Adhere To Brick?

Yes, bitumen paint will adhere to brick, so it can be used on brick. What your intended purpose is though will decide if this is a good idea or not.

Bitumen paint will stick to pretty much anything to be honest, this includes brick and concrete, so you won’t have any problems getting the paint on there.

So the question then becomes why do you want to paint bitumen paint on brick? This will be what actually decides if bitumen paint is what you should be using.

If the reason is purely decorative then there are much better paints for the job. just use black masonry paint. It will be much easier to paint onto the brick and a million times easier to clean up after you are done.

This will also allow the brick to breathe and can help to prevent a build-up of moisture inside the brick. if you were to use bitumen paint then this creates a non-breathable seal. This can result in moisture building up in the brick as it has nowhere else to go.

If your goal is to completely seal the brick then bitumen paint may be a good idea. It can create a fully waterproof seal on most surfaces.

One thing to note about bitumen paint is that it breaks down fairly quickly when exposed to UV. So if this brick is to be in the sun all day, you might want to think about a different solution.

If it is going to be in the shade or maybe even underground then bitumen paint could be what you are looking for.

What Is Bitumen Paint Used For?

Bitumen paint is often used for helping make roofs watertight. it is particularly common as an adhesive and water seal when putting down felt roofs.

The felt used on shed roofs up and down Britain actually has bitumen already in it and it is common to use bitumen paint to stick it down to the shed.

Bitumen paint is also commonly applied on top of metal roofs to add an extra layer of protection. This can both help to protect the metal from corrosion and add another layer of water resistance to the metal roof.

It can also be used as a wood preserver, some landscapers like to coat the bottom of fence posts in bitumen before putting them into the ground. This helps the post last longer before it starts to rot away.

Other metal surfaces such as downpipes, railings and gates can be coated in bitumen paint to add lasting protection.

This is more of a commercial use but you will also see it used as a protective coating for concrete structures, stone, brick, concrete screeds and sand/cement surfaces.

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