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revcex 11-04-2006 08:05 AM

stripping paint off of brick! help
:( Moved to an older home, fireplace is awesome in the corner & rounded but its painted an awful color....was going to repaint it, but i thought maybe i could somehow strip off the old paint & see what the brick looks like natural???? Please help on how to strip it or any other ideas would be great as well..,....Thanx!

slickshift 11-04-2006 10:04 AM

Media/water blasting

That old brick can really look great, but it's not really a DIY job

iGotNoTime 11-05-2006 07:23 AM

I don't think any blasting including water pressure (pressure washer) would be a wise idea inside a home. It may appear to be just a mist but one would be surprised at how many gallons come out of that line after 15 minutes.

Perhaps a solvent or some alcohol? You are only wanting to remove a small bit perhaps a few bricks to just get a feel for what is under it right?

revcex 11-06-2006 06:15 AM

Yes, of course i would do a sample area...:) But the brick DOES take up the entire corner of the room and the brick is from the ceileing to the floor, included with a mantle & the bottom comes out about a foot or so. Its a beautiful fireplace, rounded and all, but the color is a deep dark burgandy and it is just tooooo bold when you walk in :huh: . I was really wanting to lighten up, at the same time.... I love natural. Paint on brick just does'nt seem right, you know? lol bias opinion of my own i'm sure :laughing: thanx for your input, its been most helpful.


slickshift 11-06-2006 04:13 PM


Originally Posted by iGotNoTime (Post 22891)
I don't think any blasting including water pressure (pressure washer) would be a wise idea inside a home.

You wouldn't think so, I know
But it's a pretty common, safe, way to reclaim old brickwork
I'm not making it up-lol
It's true

Don't get me wrong, it's got to be an empty sealed room
And it's not really a DIY project

But it's done, it works, and works well

Tscarborough 11-06-2006 05:29 PM

This about the only way to do it, and it is not cheap or a DIY project.

revcex 11-07-2006 05:50 AM

I appreciate the input! Thanx! The more I think about it, the more I'm thinking to just get creative with a painting design......The floors are wood flooring and I guess I'm just sort of skeerd of any water inside......Of course professionals would do a professional job, I'm sure! But I am a diy'r.......after all.....:thumbup: . Thanx for all the input, its helped tremendously.

Live Well!


tkle 11-11-2006 10:07 AM

Assuming it was a good paint job to start with.A deep dark burgandy sounds like it may be ordinary house paint.It doesn't bound well with most masonry and may simply bubble off with a heat gun,chemicals or even soaking a little.Sandblasting gives a weathered look which personally I like.

gedereco 11-24-2006 01:39 PM

cleaning bricks
i'd try brick acid it should take it off if not try nitromorse . takes paint of masonary.:thumbsup:

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