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paint spattered on bricks

Posted by Henry in MI on February 18th, 2001 08:36 AM
In reply to Paint Removal by Terry Daniel on February 17th, 2001 11:13 PM [Go to top of thread]

Okay, Terry, got the picture now. The way that I would do it is to use a biodegradeable stripper and work on a day when the temperature is going to be shirtsleeve comfortable. The colder it is, the slower that the stripper will work. Hot, direct sun will cause the stripper to dry out and stop working.

Glob some stripper on with a cheap, wood handled, natural bristle brush and let it work for a couple of hours. Keep kids and pets out of the work area during the whole process. Be sure that you wear rubber gloves and eye protection. Full over-the eyes goggles are cheap and should be used particularly for the next part. Use a hand held wire brush and metal putty knife to remove the paint and stripper. The smoothness of your particular brick will determine how you do this but basically you will remove the paint that is above the surface of the brick with the putty knife and get down in the cracks and crevises with the wire brush. The temperature and amount of time you let the stripper work will determine how easy this will be so don't be afraid to test a section and come back in an hour if the paint doesn't seem to be coming off. When you have gotten all the paint off that you can, wash the area off with a garden hose. Because the paint spatters can be thicker than the places where you put the paint on with a brush, you may have to repeat the process on another day to get the surface really clean.

Good luck
Henry in MI

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