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Removing paint from bricks.

Williamstown, NJ(Zone 6b)

When I bought this house the bricks were painted, so of course when I repainted I also painted the bricks. But now we want to redo the front of the house that has some sort of old board on it and the side that has the bricks we want to remove the paint. I now know that the bricks are red.Found that out when I had my front door and casing replaced. Some of the paint came off.What is the easiest way to do this? Here is a picture of the front.

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Long Beach, CA(Zone 10a)

I think your best bet is to have it sandblasted off, unfortunately.

There is a house near me that has rock around the entry, like your brickwork. The previous short term owner (I think they went into foreclosure) had painted the rocks ORANGE. It looked horrible.
(What were they thinking ???)

Someone new bought the house and they had it sandblasted off. No idea what it cost, but they did it in about an hour. The co. who did it covered everything around it with plastic and it doesn't appear to have ruined anything.

Fallbrook, CA(Zone 10b)

JasperDale is right about the method, but you need to be sure you hire a contractor that is familiar with sandblasting clay brick. They are MUCH softer than rock and will erode away quickly under a sandblast nozzle.

Long Beach, CA(Zone 10a)

Good point, DP !

Williamstown, NJ(Zone 6b)

Ok, do you know of anyone in NJ....lol
I will look in the yellow pages. Taking them back to the red brickand redoing the front will make this house look so different. Oh and gettint that patio redone.

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Fallbrook, CA(Zone 10b)

unfortunately I know no one in NJ in that business. But your house will be lovely with that red brick restored.

West Pottsgrove, PA(Zone 6b)

See if you can find someone to use the peel away paint remover. Sandblasting brick removes the glaze, and then the brick is porous and will need to be sealed. And resealed...

Sandblasting old or historic buildings is definitely a no-no.

Leicester, NC(Zone 8a)

marie,love the rock flower bed in front. You gave me an idea very pretty.

Williamstown, NJ(Zone 6b)

I have been thinking, maybe I or someone can paint them to look like the light multi colored brick. Might be easier to do.

Elmwood Park, IL(Zone 5a)

What did you finally do with the painted brick?

Mike

Williamstown, NJ(Zone 6b)

They still look the same Mike...lol
I have spoke with someone that does some great painting and she said she can help me paint them to look like those tan bricks.
I just have to get the energy...lol

Williamstown, NJ(Zone 6b)

Can I use masonry paint over the painted brick? I am not sure what we used the first time.

Arlington, TX(Zone 8a)

do you have an area where you could 'test' a pressure-washer for removing the paint?

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