Camouflage for Holes in Brick Walls
Q: Can I patch my worn out brick exterior?
Over the years, as hose reels and other items have been fastened to and removed from the brick around the outside of my house, the number of small holes has grown. What's the best way to patch these holes so that they don't look so obvious?
—Howard Foltz, Hagerstown, MD.
Tom Silva replies: You can fill those holes with a colored acrylic caulk that's close to the color of your brick. But to get an exact match, try this trick:
Drill a shallow hole in one of your bricks at an unobtrusive spot using a¼-inch masonry bit. Collect the dust. Now just dab some colored or clear caulk into each hole—I like to use a clear polymer sealant—then immediately press the dust onto the caulk's sticky surface. When the caulk cures, the patches will be nearly invisible.