Here at Extreme Blast we use only the finest in eco-friendly, doff and Therma technic steam cleaning methods for the removal of paint from brickwork. It’s gentle, sensitive, and isn’t likely to harm the surrounding or restored brickwork and is still the recommended brick paint removal technique in pre-owned, historical and designated historic buildings. We have a selection of classic and modern methods for the removal of unsightly paint, varnish, graffiti and stains from bricks. Each of our products can be used on most types of brick work including turf, slate, terrazzo and stone. We carry many different types of cleaning solutions and brushes to suit all requirements.
Abrasive cleaners are best suited for removing masonry paint from brickwork without causing damage. Abrasion is also referred to as mechanical traction or mechanical abrasion. Abrasion is used when professionals are dealing with large, solid surfaces where there is little workable area. Traction is when there is a pulling action that draws the material it is attached to towards a surface. For instance, a nail could be driven into the brick wall to remove it but this would lead to a lot of scratching and damage if not avoided. This is why we use abrasive cleaners and techniques for brick paint removal.
For the delicate work of brick layering, scraping and other types of surface work, we have a wide range of brush products suitable for brick removal. Most paint removal products are applied with a brush, but we have scraper & pressure washer sets available for the more delicate applications. You get paint off your bricks faster with the scraper so if you’re going to use one of these then be sure you get one that is appropriate for the task you’ll be undertaking. Pressure washers can be used on bricks to quickly loosen the paint but it is wise to wear protective gloves and goggles to protect your eyes and face.
There are two types of recovery jobs for painted brickwork. The first is called ‘restoration’ and the second is known as’re-banking’. Restoration work removes the entire surface of the bricks and replace them with new ones and is best for those with a limited budget and those that have sustained a lot of damage. Re-banking works by gently replenishing the area with new bricks that are similar in colour to the old bricks. The best thing about this approach is that it does not cause any damage to the surface underneath and because the bricks are basically the same weight, they are equally as effective in lifting the surface as the old ones.
We also have the option of using masonry restoration products to remove paint from brickwork without causing any damage. These products consist of a mixture of alkaline chemicals and cleaning agents. The alkaline chemicals break down the fatty acids that form a part of mortar and this enables the masonry bricks to lift gradually. Once the bricks have been lifted, they can be re-painted to blend in with the rest of the area’s decorative material.
Some people prefer to tackle the problem themselves rather than calling in professionals. The most effective way to remove masonry paint from brickwork is to use ultra-violet rays or a modern chemical cleaning solution. If you choose to attempt removal yourself then make sure you wear protective clothing and gloves. You can try a mixture of household vinegar and water if you have tried other solutions and found them to be unsuccessful.
Once you have removed the paint from a brick wall, you will need to make repairs to replace the bricks that have been removed. Before starting your repairs you should always check the condition of the bricks and apply a coat of protective coating to prevent further damage. If you find bricks that are badly faded you may be able to restore them by using colored cement to create contrasts.
You should use a rubber or latex gloves when working on the brick wall surface as well as using a protective mask and masking tape to protect your face from the grime. To complete the job, you should stand on a ladder and brush the damaged area with a broom handle dipped in cleaning solution. It is possible to use an acid-based paint stripper but you should be aware that acid strippers will damage the brick and mortar and the acid stripper will also destroy delicate interior surfaces such as plaster. You should also be sure to rinse all parts of the process off thoroughly before returning anything to the wall.