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:

How Much does It Cost to Remove Paint from a Brick House?

cost to remove paintIt 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:

  • Enter the Zip Code for your location where you will hire labor and buy materials.
  • Specify the size and option of your project into the “square feet” box.
  • Re-calculate by clicking the “update” button.

But, these are only estimates. To get an accurate answer, I highly recommend you contact professionals directly.

There is the following cost estimate:

  • Cost for local material, equipment delivery, and service provider transportation.
  • To remove exterior paint, you have to spend money on preparing the worksite. Thus, there will be costs for protecting existing structures, materials, finishes, and components.
  • Even small exterior paint removal projects require mobilization time, labor setup time, as well as minimum hourly charges.

The following cost estimate doesn’t include:

  • Cost for repairing, relocating, removing, and modifying existing framing, electrical and plumbing systems, HVAC, and surfacing. Moreover, it’s free to bring your systems into compliance with your building codes.
  • Cost for testing and dealing with hazardous materials such as asbestos and lead.
  • Cost for a general contractor to organize and supervise your projects.
  • Sales tax on supplies and materials.
  • Permit and inspection fees.

How to Remove Paint from Brick

This part includes 2 sections: preparation and instruction. You have to buy enough essential items before starting the process.

1 What You Need to Prepare

What you need to prepare

  • Paint stripper: You should invest in a caustic paint stripper, which is designed for masonry. It is because this kind of product can help you take the paint from the pores of the masonry. Mainly, it doesn’t require you to use a chemical paint stripper. If possible, you had better purchase a kit of paint stripper, which usually attaches to plastic sheeting.
  • Protective gear: Because of working with paint stripper, you must wear a pair of thick rubber gloves, long-sleeve clothing, and protective eyewear. In case you need to deal with bricks outside, don’t forget to prepare a face shield to keep your neck and face from danger and accidents.
  • Hose or damp cloth: If you need to strip a small set of bricks, you can use a wet cloth to clean it by hand. On the contrary, larger bricks require you rinse bricks with a hose.
  • A drop cloth: While working, the process will produce more or less debris. Thus, it’s essential to put a drop cloth underneath your bricks to catch them. After finishing, it won’t create a mess. If you are stripping bricks on a floor, skip this thing.
  • A respirator: Many people don’t care about this item, but you should wear it to protect your lungs from irritating.
  • A trowel or paintbrush: These things are used to apply the stripper onto the surface of your bricks.
  • Trowel or drywall knife: To deal with old paint, let you scrub it by using a stiff-bristled brush with water. However, keep in mind that this way may ruin your bricks.

2 The Step-by-step Instruction

Please follow step by step as follows:

Determine the Working Section

Determine the working sectionThe 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.


Apply the Stripper

Apply the stripperBefore 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).

Spread the Plastic Sheet Over the Stripper

Spread the plasticAfter 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.

Wait for the Stripper to Eat Away the Paint

Wait for the stripperThe 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.

Scrap the Paint Away

Scrap the paint awayAfter 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.

Wash Your Bricks After Finishing

Wash your bricks after finishingOnce 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.

3 Notes

NotesIt’s better to avoid using spray strippers since it is pretty weak and hard to use. If you want to use this type, you should work in an isolated area.If you want to remove paint from a wall, a methylene-free stripper is a proper solution. Its thick texture will not drip down a vertical surface easily.

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.

How to Remove Paint from Brick

You can refer to this video for more detailed information:

How to Safely Remove Paint

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.