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Old 10-21-2008, 10:17 AM   #1
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DIY brick paint stripping w/pressure-washer


i have an INDOOR (messy, huh ?) project to strip paint off two rather small brick walls that i want to leave exposed bricks for aesthetics. about 200 sq ft total roughly. the good thing is that the floor is still unfinished (concrete), i.e. no carpet or hardwood to mess up.

should i attempt to do it myself and are there some instructions on how to do it ? i just do not know anyone who can do it for me. the paint is 100% led-based as the house is nearly 100 yrs old.

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Old 10-21-2008, 10:33 AM   #2
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Ugg, tough call. Brick and Mortar walls are really porous and I and sure has soaked that paint in real well. I think sandblasting would really be the only way to get the paint off but that is a huge project ($$$$$) especially with lead. Strippers will loosen it up but won't really get it out of the pours. Be careful with creating any kind of dust as that is what will get you sick with lead poisoning.

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hmmm ... what if i just painted over ?
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Agreed! With that lead paint, you should be careful in how you remove it. I'm thinking it would have to be sandblasted, perhaps with walnut shells, to remove the paint and expose clean mortar and brick face. With the lead paint, you're talking about a big job.
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Yes, painting over would be the easiest and safest option, assuming the existing paint is adhering well.

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Yes, painting over would be the easiest and safest option, assuming the existing paint is adhering well.

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If you really want to strip it down I'd try a chemical stripper like Peel Away 1. You trowel on the thick paste and press a layer of included fabric into it. Give it overnight and the next day you lift the fabric and scrape with a putty knife as you go. The great majority of the paint will come off on the paper. This stuff can strip up to 30 layers with some time. (according to their specifications) I've personally seen it take off about 6 layers in one application. It's not cheap stuff though.

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