Has anyone removed paint from their house exterior and returned it to brick? Our new house has a plasticised paint coating which has been applied to it which is cracking and needs removing. To do this you paint the bricks with a chemical gel and then wash with very hot water at low pressure. The guy who would do it reckons he will be able to return the house to being brick rather than painted, which we would very much prefer, but I was wondering how successful this is likely to be. In fact any experience of this kind of thing would be very welcome!
Watching with interest, my house also has that weird plasticised coating on it and I would dearly love to return it to brick. Although I am a bit worried about what I may find if I do! Would you mind saying how much you were quoted for removal?
I am not sure about that exact method but a Victorian house near us had paint removed from the exterior bricks and I think they also has to have it repointed but the bricks looked fine. Improved the house loads I think too.
Our house is three storeys built in 1850s so a decent height and the guide price to remove the paint was £2500 for the front only. Someone is coming out to quote properly in a weeks time. You definitely can't sandblast as it ruins the brick.
I have a very little bit of my brick work painted and would love to return it to brick. It's all at ground level so I was wondering if I could do it myself. Would there be a variation on the method above I could use? And OP good to hear how you get on if you do go ahead!
Our 30s semi has got overpainted brick from ground to about 2m height. I'm fairly sure the previous owner was a victim of crooks, it's not the only crime committed on this property. Neighbours commented on the fact he believed everyone who came to the door to persuade him to spend his money.
The brickwork in the (hideous) porch is untouched and in very good condition, so I think the brickwork is intact under the paint. I am also interested in finding out how I can restore the bricks. Why is sandblasting ruining the bricks? Does that go for 1930s bricks as well? Bricks in general?