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Brick Exterior Advice

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I decided to make my Pierce with a brick exterior. I wanted red brick. After researching different methods I decided on the joint compound and stencil approach. I added barn red paint to the compound for tinting. When it dried it LIGHTENED. You could not longer see the definition of the brick against the grey "morter" I painted on after priming and before the bricks. So I have been daubing the paint on and am very pleased with how it looks. Some pink shows through the red giving it a weathered look imo.

My question is how and when should I seal it? I did a test board. Modge Podge left a yellow tint. Polyurethane is clear but slightly shiny. I'll post a picture of my test board. I think sealing is a good idea cause I am noticing some crumbling with the dried compound. I am making this house for play. But im not sure about the shiny.

I need to touch up morter in spots before I seal.  Should I seal before adding trim? Should I wait till I assemble and glue at the very end? I'll need to add brick to floor tabs that will show through.  Please advise. Thank you!

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Polyurethane yellows eventually...just something I have noticed on my old houses and the panelling in my RL office. Not sure if it would do the same with your surface but I plan to avoid using it from now on if possible. 

 

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7 hours ago, FurMama said:

Polyurethane yellows eventually...just something I have noticed on my old houses and the panelling in my RL office. Not sure if it would do the same with your surface but I plan to avoid using it from now on if possible. 

 

I'm glad to know this now and not learn from experience! Thanks!

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The acrylic spray I'm thinking of is available in art supply stores to seal pastels and water-soluble media and ought not to yellow over time.  I have also used cheap hair spray without yellowing.

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I love the look of the two-tone bricks you ended up with. I bet it looks better than the way you originally intended it. one of those happy accidents, I guess!

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4 hours ago, LeeB said:

I love the look of the two-tone bricks you ended up with. I bet it looks better than the way you originally intended it. one of those happy accidents, I guess!

Lol. Too true!

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