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removing dried mortar from face of bricks after grouting

Posted by Peter C. Wishneuskjy on April 6th, 2003 07:37 PM
In reply to cleaning mortar from used bricks by mel on August 16th, 1999 09:25 PM [Go to top of thread]

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I'ver had a couple of jobs now where I've covered spalled concrete steps for my customers and have had to use hydrochloric acid as a wash to remove the mortar that ends up on the top surfaces of the new brick steps (a consequence of using a float to "grout" the bricks with the same thinset mortar I use to set/lay the bricks.

It's a time consuming process and I'm looking for a better way to clear off the grey haze left on the bricks after I've grouted and then pointed the seams between bricks.

I've heard of using a brick sealer, but that says I have to first coat the bricks BEFORE they're laid. If I wait till they're all in place, I then need to leave the grout lines empty to take full advantage of the sealer in that I'd be grouting as a secondary step after the bricks are all laid and the thinset has set.

What am I missing here?


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