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Old 12-22-2012, 12:21 PM   #1
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Finishing exposed brick wall--which product to use?


I am looking for ideas which product to use to finish my exposed indoor brick wall. I want it a little shiny but not too much. The house is 103 yrs old and I have just removed the plaster, cleaned the brick and tuckpointed--it was a Sisyphus' job so i REALLY want it to look beautiful.

Polyurethane, varnish, shallac, or something fourth? I know little about paints.

See attached. Also note I haven't brushed and cleaned the residue from new mortar--is water and brillow pads OK for that or should i use some special solution (e.g. muriatic acid or TSP). I also heard vinegar works well. So many options. Please advise.

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I am looking for ideas which product to use to finish my exposed brick wall.
Exposed to the outside elements or exposed to inside?


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Exposed to the outside elements or exposed to inside?

Indoor, sorry


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Interesting- my first q would be why put anything over it at all- seems like it is pretty nice looking as is, and if you coat it with a clear ,even product it will lose the real brick look and look- well, coated.
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thanks for the compliment. i though another reason would be to protect it, maybe the texture of varnish or such makes it look nice longer. but i also like moderate shine... moderate
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We use H&C masonry sealer from Sherwin Williams on interior and exterior brick to protect and seal the brick. We have used this product on several historical restorations that have had brick too.
This product dries clear and you can not tell that a sealer has been applied to the brick.
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How is this, for example?

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Personally, it looks like there's alot of mortar residue left on the surface. Not sure if it's from tucking, or from the original plaster. I would undoubtedly try to wash it down thoroughly before any kind of sealer. Start with something weak, like vinegar & water and plenty of elbow grease. If that doesn't work, I'd look at a product like "Detergent 600" from Prosoco. There's no way I'd use muratic acid inside a residence.......

As for sealing it, if it is currently inhabited, you'll likely have to use a subtle oil based (try boiled linseed oil) or a water based product.
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Personally, it looks like there's alot of mortar residue left on the surface. Not sure if it's from tucking, or from the original plaster. I would undoubtedly try to wash it down thoroughly before any kind of sealer.
Yes but it can be cleaned, no doubt. I think I will first quickly go over with a cup brush on a 4.5" grinder to remove big pieces so they don't smear around by wet cleaning.
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thanks for the compliment. i though another reason would be to protect it, maybe the texture of varnish or such makes it look nice longer. but i also like moderate shine... moderate

I'm with brush here, what do you need to protect it from if it's inside?
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How is this, for example?

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NO NO and again NO, why take the chance of ruining all that hard work with an inferior crappy product?

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