Originally Posted by housedocs
If the brick and mortar is in good shape your plan will work fine. Good luck.
I know that this reply is to an old posting, but my question relates. If you are going to tile a brick fireplace, I understand that it is fine to go without the wonderboard, but what if the brick has been painted? Is it still alright to just use a thinset mortar directly to "painted" brick? I am not concerned with heat variances because my fireplace is no longer in use because I have a Plasma TV over the mantel and do not want the heat to harm it. We will be putting candles in the fireplace instead of a real fire. Also, any suggestions on getting the inside of the fireplace clean and presentable would be appreciated. Thanks. Please email me your response to Marc0607@aol.com