How can I make a fire engine red wall look like brick,without striping

I don't want to strip the paint,so can't I just tape the wall as is and maybe do a white wash over it?and what do I do with the tape lines?
q how can i make a fire engine red wall look like brick without striping
  8 answers
  • DesertRose DesertRose on Jan 05, 2018
    You might consider the home improvement sells of faux brick that is actual brick but only less than an inch thick. It goes up in panels. Or you could use laser light to make a straight line as you paint on some "grout" looks, and the shades on the brick. I would look at an actual photo of a brick wall and copy how it looks. Blue tape for painting does not mark the all if you chose to use tape to keep straight lines.

    • Christine Coward Christine Coward on Jan 06, 2018
      How it looks would be no problem,my husband is a brick just looking for a easy fix for this red've looked at a lot of painted faux brick walls and think this would be cute..but tyvm for your reply

  • Suzette Suzette on Jan 05, 2018
    Hi Christine, Here's a link that may help:

    Have fun!!

  • Cindy Cindy on Jan 05, 2018
    I would tape the wall and create the bricks first. Use 3 or 4 colors to create shading. Let that dry for 2 or 3 days. Then tape again but this time put the tape on top of the bricks to create the grout lines.

  • Judy Judy on Jan 05, 2018
    Where the tape line is, you can paint it white, like a mortar.

    • See 1 previous
    • Lgw Lgw on Jan 08, 2018
      There's an off white concrete color in craft paint that works well for the grout. I used a dark color to outline the bricks and highlighted them with several brick colors. Sea sponge is great to use for texture.

  • Cindy Hagemann Cindy Hagemann on Jan 05, 2018
    They make brick stencils, you could paint the wall white or off white first and then stencil the red brick on over the top.

  • Christine Coward Christine Coward on Jan 06, 2018
    Thank you all for your suggestions..I'll send in pics when I tackle this job😃

  • Judy Judy on Jan 06, 2018
    You should be able to paint that line, and not worry about the tape. The tape should come right off, and no harm done. J.

  • Sjt29229935 Sjt29229935 on Jan 07, 2018
    Hi Christine,
    Do you have your heart set on brick or do you just want to cover the red without stripping the paint? I had this same problem in one of our homes. I wanted to sit and cry because it was not only fire engine red, but also gloss paint!! I tried painting over it and the paint simply peeled off. It was a nightmare for a time. However, after talking to an expert at the paint store, I painted the entire wall with oil base Kilz. Has to be oil base. Can't remember if I lightly sanded first or not. Was a newbie at that time in my life. Today I would do a quick sanding to rough the gloss. Maybe I used liquid sandpaper. Either way, the Kilz did the trick. Think I did two coats and then painted with the room color of choice. Today I would have had the Kilz tinted the color I wanted the wall to ultimately become. We lived in that house for 6 years and never saw a speck of glossy, red paint peaking through again. PHEW!
    Since that time I have used Zinsser 1-2-3, as well as Kilz, and do more sanding and prep than when young and .........
    The other day I saw on Hometalk where a lady used mudding compound and did a really neat faux brick on her wall. It was great looking. Lots more work involved than a couple coats of paint, but terrific brick look and very realistic. You might want to see if you can find it. She taped the wall in a brick pattern, slathered on the mudding compound, painted the "brick" in 3-4 different colors for realism, removed the tape and painted the "grout" lines. Not sure I remember the procedure correctly. But, it was cool.
    Lots of wonderful advice from people so far. Hope you enjoy the process you elect to try. Sure the wall will look fabulous when you are finished.