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This Is A Time-Consuming Job ...

Posted by Jay J on June 30th, 2000 08:09 AM
In reply to take paint off of brick by V Perez on June 30th, 2000 07:07 AM [Go to top of thread]


Here are a few links to read.

Rehab Do's and Don'ts and Paint On Brick ...

DON'T sandblast! One of the links talks about 'How Brick Works'. Sandblasting will do serious damage to the brick. Powerwashing isn't recommended unless you're rinsing. It will knock out the morter in between the brick, at the least. Then, you'll have 2 jobs to do. As for the cost of this type of job, it depends. You might want to consider having it 'put out to bid'. Contact your local Historical Society for possible references. Or, stop by a local quarry and ask a Mason if they can make a recommendation or 2 or 3. As for 'preserving' the brick, I think you ought to stay away from putting 'something else' on the brick. If the brick is cleaned with mild abrasives, you shouldn't damage the brick. That's why you need to KNOW what's INSIDE the container of brick cleaner!

Also, over time, the paint will dry out and begin peeling. You can 'assist' the peeling by hand. You'll be doing it for a few years but by then, the paint should be much easier to remove. In the meantime, the house may look like 'crap' but when the paint is gone, you'll be the envy of the block. Don't worry about any short-term aesthetics. In due time, the house will look real nice. Patience, patience, patience ...

My best to ya and hope this helps.

Jay J

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