A Complete Guide to
Learn more about the brick staining process and which PermaTint® product is right for you.
What is a Brick Stain?
Our stains combine natural minerals and inorganic pigments to lighten, darken, or completely change the color of masonry--matching your project’s original or new color perfectly.
Our formula allows masonry to “breathe” in exactly the same manner as untreated surfaces, which ensures that the natural weathering of the building is unaffected.
Our tint is effective on brick, mortar joints, concrete, stone, precast and other masonry surfaces. If a masonry surface can absorb water, it will take our stain.
What makes it different from a paint?
Mineral-based stains function differently than acrylic or latex paint. Rather than sticking to the surface and forming a film (like paint), our stains soak into the surface, crystallize within it, and become a permanent part of the wall.
Mold & Algae Deterrent
Unlike paints, our products have a life expectancy of 20 to 30 years or more, with no maintenance. PermaTint also provides a 10-year warranty on all of our products.
Choosing a Finish: Semi-transparent vs. Opaque
Our mineral stains are available in various transparencies:
Opaque (1010 QuartzGuard)
Results in a completely uniform finish
Semi-transparent (1020 SiLazur)
Allows background variation to show through
The difference between the two products is similar to the difference between staining or painting a piece of wood. When you paint a piece of wood you produce a completely uniform finish and when you stain a piece of wood the original, underlying variation will show through as variation in the new color.
An Example: if your existing wall has a mix of red, orange, and brown brick (as this building originally did) and you stain it with a grey semi-transparent mineral stain, you will end up with various shades of grey on the finished wall. Using our opaque stain on the same wall will result in a completely uniform look (1 solid color).
Both products function exactly the same – the only difference is the thickness.