Is it possible to "Stain" brick?

March 11th 2002

Dear Shell,

Is it possible to "Stain" brick? Our fireplace has "orange" toned brick and I would like to have a more "tan/brown" tone without painting it.


Gord & Peggy (Prince George, B.C.)

Dear Gord & Peggy,

Clay brick can be stained using wood semi-transparent stain. I strongly recommend however, that you do a test brick before you tackle the whole fireplace. Stain a sample brick first to see if you achieve the desired look. If your existing brick is glazed you will not be successful with a stain and in that case, applying an acrylic latex exterior paint would have to be your choice.

Itís Just That Easy

Shell Busey