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Old 04-12-2012, 10:43 PM   #1
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I am trying to scrape 150 years of paint off brick and it is as hard as concrete in places. A regular scraper only takes the loose stuff off. The rest needs a hammer and chisel and I have about 1300 s/f left to do. I just bought the Spyder reciprocating saw scraper blades THEN read the lousy reviews of the product when I got home. Haven't tried it yet but I'm thinking of returning it before I break it. I can't use a pressure washer or sand blaster because the mortar is too fragile for either. I have never used a heat gun but I doubt it will make a dent on this stuff. The building has been scraped and painted many times before but they never got all the paint off. There are a lot of plateaus of many layers of paint, then areas where the brick is under one or two layers of paint. Any suggestions?Thank you

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Old 04-13-2012, 01:16 AM   #2
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It is very easy to damage historic masonry. Bricks from 150 years ago are much softer than bricks made today.

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Use a Gel type Paint Stripper similar to this:
http://www.amazon.com/Citri-Strip-QC...QFCP1G/ref=sr_

Use a fairly stiff polyester or Polypropylene brush to apply it.
Ask at your local paint store.

Take appropriate precautions. Those bricks are loaded with Lead.
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Are you trying to expose the original brick? Why do you need to get ALL the paint off?They make many different kinds of blasting materials that will not harm the morter( very much)
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I am trying to scrape 150 years of paint off brick and it is as hard as concrete in places. A regular scraper only takes the loose stuff off. The rest needs a hammer and chisel and I have about 1300 s/f left to do. I just bought the Spyder reciprocating saw scraper blades THEN read the lousy reviews of the product when I got home. Haven't tried it yet but I'm thinking of returning it before I break it. I can't use a pressure washer or sand blaster because the mortar is too fragile for either. I have never used a heat gun but I doubt it will make a dent on this stuff. The building has been scraped and painted many times before but they never got all the paint off. There are a lot of plateaus of many layers of paint, then areas where the brick is under one or two layers of paint. Any suggestions?Thank you
If you need to remove all of the paint Peel Away smart strip will work, but it will be costly on the whole building and stilll takes some work.
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You might want to try calling "American Building Restoration". They specialize in matters like yours.
If this company doesn't have it, no one does. http://abrp.com/
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Peel-Away is good, but this may be better suited to the job. Back-To-Nature strippers work overnight. They are non-caustic and environmentally safe. They are owned by Sunnyside Products. Check it out:
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Here is a link to that 'Ultra Strip' paint remover
http://www.jamestowndistributors.com...uct.do?pid=800

Here is another very environmentally safe product.
http://www.amazon.com/SoyGel-Urethan...4358602&sr=1-3
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Here is a link to that 'Ultra Strip' paint remover
http://www.jamestowndistributors.com...uct.do?pid=800

Here is another very environmentally safe product.
http://www.amazon.com/SoyGel-Urethan...4358602&sr=1-3
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I used Ultra strip one time and it worked pretty good for me!
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I just bought the Spyder reciprocating saw scraper blades
http://www.amazon.com/Spyder-1002D-2.../dp/B002HYAB60
Jill, I hope you sent that blade back. A reciprocating saw with that blade is going to remove more brick than paint.

If paint is that thick, I would try this first:
http://www.amazon.com/Lisle-52000-Ra.../dp/B0002SR88C
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Peel-Away is good, but this may be better suited to the job. Back-To-Nature strippers work overnight. They are non-caustic and environmentally safe. They are owned by Sunnyside Products. Check it out:
Peel away smart strip is also non caustic and environmentally safe. Peel away smart strip pro usually starts to work after about 3 hours of dwelling depending on temps and neither of them need to be neutralized. We stripped a historical brick building last year using peel away smart strip, now we are stripping another historical building using peel away smart strip pro. Either way you go, there is still work involved. Even using chemical strippers.
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Peel Away is 25% cheaper than Ultra Strip which runs $6o/gal on one site.
http://www.amazon.com/Smart-Strip-Pe.../dp/B001F0KO2S


Here is a video of Peel Away on brick:

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