Are you unhappy with the color of your existing chimney? If so, here are some painted exterior chimney ideas and how to get the job done.
First of all, you need a few tools to make it happen. Get yourself a ladder, a bucket and scrub brush, a drywall knife, mortar, a small brush, a tray to prepare the paint, and further supplies such as primer, caulk, tape, soap, and lastly different pieces of cloth.
There are different ways how you can paint your chimney so that it does not look old and disregarded anymore.
You can try a polished white color if you prefer something clean and modern. Or you can go with a matte black finish to give it an extra edgy vibe.
If you are adamant about making it a DIY project, start by picking the right color and paint for the chimney. Consult with your local paint shop and make sure to tell them you want paint that can withstand harsh weather conditions, both sun, and snow.
Next, use the ladder to reach the roof, and make sure to secure yourself so that you do not slip or fall during the painting process.
Clean the entire external surface of the chimney with a pressure washer and remove as much loose mortar and dirt as you can. You can also use a strong brush and a bucket of water combined with some mild soap, but this process can take longer and not show the same results.
Use sandpaper to scrub off any existing paint from the chimney and check that there is no damaged mortar in place. If you find any damages, make sure to patch them using mortar and the drywall knife, before you start painting it.
When the time comes to add the first coat of paint, make sure to tape and layer some plastic sheets on the roof so the surrounding area does not get paint stains on it. Once this step is done, add primer to the layer of the chimney and start painting it. If you have an exposed brick chimney, use the primer with a sprayer to cover all the pores.
If you find it hard to do the job yourself, you can choose to hire a professional contractor. Typical costs vary from 2 to 6 dollars per square foot. Usually, a full chimney paint job can cost between 400 and 1000 dollars.
Contact us at RH Renovation NYC to provide you with a cost estimate for free on this project.