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Paint on Exposed Brick

Sloppy painters got paint on the exposed brick walls where they touch the normal, painted walls. What is the best way to remove this paint to make the space look cleaner? A specific product or method?

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Posted 2018-06-04T19:42:02+0000  by BrianShutters BrianShutters
Hello BrianShutters and welcome to the Community.

I like using the enviromentally safe product READY-STRIP.  Ready-Strip Plus is non-flammable, biodegradable, virtually odorless and can be cleaned up with water.   It does not contain methylene chloride, caustic, flammable chemicals or harmful vapors like many traditional strippers.

Ready - Strip Plus can be applied on a multitude of interior and exterior surfaces including wood, plaster, concrete, brick, stone, masonry, marble, metal and fiberglass, etc. Ready - Strip Plus will not damage plaster or wood (discolor or raise the grain) or affect any surface it is used on.   Here is a link to the INSTRUCTIONS.  I would seal the bricks as a final step.

Another approach to removing paint from brick requires more aggressive cleaning products, with care given to preserving the integrity of the brick during the process.

  • Fill a clean bucket with one gallon of warm water.
  • Add 1/2 cup trisodium phosphate (TSP) that is available at your hardware store.
  • Use a long stick to stir the water and TSP until the powder dissolves.
  • Using a stiff brush, scrub the TSP solution onto the paint spots on the brick.
  • Let the TSP sit and cure on the brick for 10 minutes.
  • Scrub the brick again with the scrub brush to remove the paint. Repeat this process until all of the paint is removed from the brick.
  • If there are still paint stains on the brick, moisten a rag with paint remover and soak the paint spots with it. Then use a back-and-forth motion with a scrub brush to remove the stains. Rinse well with water.
  • If you still have stubborn stains, go a step further and use a scrub brush and scouring powder. Moisten the scrub brush with water first, then sprinkle scouring powder onto it. Scrub the brick vigorously to remove any residue. Rinse the brick well with clean water.
  • Once the brick is clean and dry it can be repainted or sealed

Thanks for the inquiry.


Posted 2018-06-05T18:53:14+0000  by Char_HD_CHI
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