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Re: Power Washing Brick

Posted By: Phil
Friday, 3 August 2001, at 7:22 p.m.

In Response To: Power Washing Brick (Mike Miller)

I have the same problem where the bricks meet the siding at the top of the house. I have not done anything yet, but I have asked around and received these two answers. (1) Use concrete etching chemical to etch the paint off (2) Sandblast the bricks. I have tried the first option, but no luck. The reason is the brick surface is very porous and the paint is seated deep into the pores. Option two will probably work, but I will not take any chances of ruining the siding or windows. Besides, I may have to hire a sandblaster. I have also tried paint removing paste, and it works to some degree. I had to do a lot of scrubbing. Once, I accidently smeared liquid nail on the bricks. When I wiped off the smear, it removed some of the paint. That's good, but this is a lot of work too. I have not tried power washing, and I don't think that it will do the trick. I think I am leaning towards an unconventional method. My bricks are kind of reddish in color. The brick company sells red pigment used to color concrete, and they have pigment in different colors. My idea is to experiment with brushing the bricks with varying concentration of the red pigment. A bottle of pigment, about a quart, costs about $6.00. If you have a better, inexpensive idea, please let me know. I visit this site often. I have a contingency plan if the pigment does not work. Since only the top of the bricks have been spray-painted, I will build a fancy border with lumber and lay it over and along the painted bricks around the house.

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