Doing brick and mortar repair can be time consuming, messy and difficult. If the color is off, or if mortar is smeared on the brick, the brick and mortar repair will draw even more negative attention to the area. That is exactly opposite of what you are trying to accomplish, right? Here is a trick of the trade that will make brick and mortar repair easy for anyone to do!
We all know that tile grout comes in a wide variety of colors. You may also be aware that these manufacturers also make caulk to match. Most professional tile setters use this sanded caulk on the inside corners of tiled surfaces. I have found this to be a quick and easy solution for brick and mortar repair on the exterior of homes.
First get the color of the mortar matched by bringing a small piece of the mortar from the wall you will be repairing. Hold it up to the color chart that is available at either tile stores, or home improvement centers. Make sure you buy the “sanded” variety, otherwise you are just buying a colored caulk that will not have the sand texture in it that makes this trick of the trade work so well.
Know that you have the sanded caulk that matches just cut the tip and fill the voids and cracks! Its that easy!! This old brick house had some major damage right at the front steps. Look how good it looks now! The color will dry a little darker and be a perfect match.
This type of caulk is water based and will clean up with a wet rag and water if necessary. If you can squeeze it evenly and can prevent the need to run your finger over it, that is the best way to guarantee you do not smear it on the rough edges of the brick around the brick and mortar repair.
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