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Handy Vinny 07-20-2010 04:59 PM

Removing haze left by paint stripper & TSP
Yesterday, I used a chemical called “Citrus Strip” to remove some graffiti vandalism that some juvenile clowns from down the block are (probably) responsible for. I imagine that they thoroughly enjoyed egging each other on while they collaborated on a terrible rendering of external male reproductive anatomy, which, for a time, was in full-view of my neighborhood, as it was on the side of my house. (The authorities have been contacted and an investigation is under way, so, while any PM’s expressing sympathy and support would be received kindly, they are unnecessary.)

Anyway, the Citrus Strip removed the paint, but it also left an orange haze on some of the white aluminum trim and left a cloudy grayish haze on some of the brickwork. An associate advised me to apply a chemical known as TSP, but it wasn’t very effective.

Where do I go from here, as far as removing the haze?

mark942 07-21-2010 06:16 AM

What color was the paint that was used? Maybe you did not get it all off, and what your seeing is the residual. Just a thought..............:thumbsup:

DangerMouse 07-21-2010 10:10 AM

Hey Vinny.... steel wool might help take it off the aluminum, but the brick, probably not so well... LOL
Did you try pressure washing the brick? The other guys here may have better ways to remove it too.


Handy Vinny 07-22-2010 10:25 AM

Well it's texture brick ("face" brick). So, I'm concerned that a power washer might ruin it. I see what you're saying about the haze being smeared paint (which was white-ish), so I'm wondering if I should just reapply the Citrus Strip and scrub it again with the brass brush.

Also, I'm noticing that the Citrus Strip did a number on my doorbell, which is now hideously deformed. It looks like someone threw boiling hot water or acid on it, and it no longer works. This isn't entirely a bad thing because, for a time, the local delinquents were ringing it and dashing away before I could open the door. But, I suppose it's better to have a working doorbell than to not have one. So, how the heck do I install a new one?

DangerMouse 07-22-2010 10:40 AM


Originally Posted by Handy Vinny (Post 473451)
reapply the Citrus Strip and scrub it again with the brass brush.

If most of it came off, I'd give this a shot, sure. The doorbell problem might be helped by getting a 9v battery powered wireless one, then velcro it to the outside so you can bring it in when you need to.
(I like a quick and easy fix, can ya tell? -=chuckle=-)
The brick, I don't know. Maybe try the power washer on a small test area?


lloydb 07-22-2010 12:05 PM

Might try putting some acetone in a spray bottle and use the brush on it (for the bricks)

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