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hi can anyone tell me if washing bricks with the acid they use will lighten or change color to brick morter we are building a garage at the moment and unfortunatly the house morter is a sandy color and the garage is a grey in color my husband thinks I am being too critical but its annoying!!!
 

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In my experiences, acid normally darkens the joints, never lightens. While your here, check out the thread in the general discussions about acids & brick!
 

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Most jobs I have worked on the cleaning solution lightened the mortar. We almost always use Prosoco 600 detergent or Vanatrol. If there is a spot that you could live with on the garage not being the same color, have the masonry contractor wash it and see how it looks.
 

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Most jobs I have worked on the cleaning solution lightened the mortar. We almost always use Prosoco 600 detergent or Vanatrol. If there is a spot that you could live with on the garage not being the same color, have the masonry contractor wash it and see how it looks.
Thankyou I'll talk this over with the brick cleaner as he seemed to think he might be able to lighten it a little.I'll ask if he has heard or used the products that you have mentioned. My other solution by another brick cleaner is to tell the bricklayer to pull it all down and start again but nearly 5000 bricks have been laid and its an excellant job and the bricks that we are using are discontinued', not to mention the money factor!!!If the morter can be lightened I think I'll be happier Pandatnr
 
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