Several years ago we bought a brick home. The bricks appeared to be painted (white). It looked terrible. It was thought that it would look better if we had the paint stripped, thereby restoring the original brick color.
The brick was sandblasted. It turned out it wasn't just painted brick...a mortar of some sort was spread over the brick before painting. This made a simple sandblasting job much more challenging. The results can be seen in the photos below. You'll notice the mortar did not come off in some spots on some bricks as it bonded too well.
Some of the mortar between bricks is far from flush with the front surface of the brick. The brick itself does not look very good. I haven't gotten any estimates for tuckpointing as I think even with that work done it will still look lousy.
Does anyone have any suggestions on what they would do in such a situation?