Are you looking for the safest way to remove paint from brick?
Forget to use a scraper or steel wool to scrape paint off brick physically. This way isn’t completely effective. I strongly recommend you to use caustic paint stripper. It is useful and easy to perform.
Before going more in-depth, you should answer a common related question below:
It is hard to give you an exact answer because the cost depends on many aspects, such as job size, options, and conditions.
Entering the detailed information, you can estimate costs for your specific project:
But, these are only estimates. To get an accurate answer, I highly recommend you contact professionals directly.
There is the following cost estimate:
The following cost estimate doesn’t include:
This part includes 2 sections: preparation and instruction. You have to buy enough essential items before starting the process.
The majority of the available paint strippers are attached with plastic sheeting. And you will apply stripper in sections based on the size of your plastic sheeting. Therefore, please measure how big the sheeting is for detailed information.
Typically, the standard size of these sheets is about 1.5 by 1.5 m (5 by 5 feet). But, this number can change a little depending on each specific case. In the event of 2.4 by 2.4 m (8 by 8 ft), you can cover up to 3.0 by 3.7 m (10 by 2 ft) section in the stripper.
In case your package doesn’t include plastic sheets, it’s okay to use peel-away laminated paper.
SKIP THIS STEP IF YOUR STRIPPER DOESN’T EAT AWAY THE PAINT THROUGH THE SHEETING.
Before applying, you had better read the instruction on the can of the stripper in advance. It will let you know whether you should use a brush or another tool to apply the stripper on the surface of your bricks.
In a typical case, a 7.6 – 10.2 cm (3-4 in) flat brush is the popular choice.
After opening the can of the paint stripper, simply pour it into your paint tray. Then, dip your brush into the solution to apply it on the surface of bricks.
To have the best outcome, you must build up a thick layer of stripper about 1⁄4–1⁄2 in (0.64–1.27 cm).
After applying a thick layer of the stripper, press the sheeting into the stripper and the wall. Pay attention to use both your hand to smooth this sheeting down until you feel it adhered to the wall completely.
If there are air bubbles, you remove them by pushing out towards the corner of the sheeting.
The instruction from the manufacturer will let you know how long you have to wait for the wholly dried stripper on the surface of your bricks. Usually, you must wait at least 30 minutes – 12 hours for the best outcome. The longer you wait, the more effective it is.
After the waiting time, you peel the plastic sheets off of your wall now. You can perform this task by hand or use your prepared trowel or putty knife. Try to do it slowly, or you will rip the grout out.
The best scraping skill is to put the blade of your tool into the wall at a 45-degree angle. Remember to scrape in the direction of the brick and keep this step until you remove all paint away.
Once you are done removing the paint, it usually leaves a small or big mess. So, it’s vital to wash your bricks. If your project is an exterior wall, simply attach a hose into a sprayer to spray your wall.
However, to deal with an interior wall, you need a more careful strategy.
Here is an example:
Scrub any residue with a stiff-bristled brush and a damp cloth.
Will you apply stripper inside your house? If yes, remember to open the window for a well-ventilated room.
It’s better to use a fan to maximize the airflow.
Don’t let your pets and children enter the area where you are working.
For stripping a tall wall, don’t forget to prepare a stable ladder, which helps you move from the top to the bottom of the wall quickly. You can ask a favor of your friend to hold the ladder.
You can refer to this video for more detailed information:
Can You Remove Paint from Brick Now?
If you are still not clear about how to remove paint from brick, I will summarize the instruction one more time. You use a brush or putty knife to cover your bricks with the stripper. After 30 minutes, you can peel the sheeting off to get rid of the dry stripper.
After removing paint from your brick, please let me know your result by leaving your comment in the section below. Also, please share this post if it is helpful for your case.