How to remove paint from bricks professionally
How to remove paint from bricks without causing damage to the brickwork or surrounding pointing is a highly skilled service and a service that is always recommended to be carried out by experienced professionals. Whether it be to remove paint in order to enhance the appearance of your property or maybe for structural purposes, correct measures should always be taken to ensure an effective removal and also to ensure no damage is inflicted to your property or most importantly your health.
Removing brick paint professionally requires professional equipment and in most cases chemical applications/chemical paint softeners. Our team provide the very best in brick paint removal services alongside all other aspects of exterior cleaning services. We are highly skilled and experienced in removing paint from brick. We can always guarantee to meet our clients desired results and we only use the most delicate and trusted techniques available.
Can all types of paint be removed from brick?
The majority of brick paints can be removed successfully from brickwork using specialised removal techniques, bearing in mind some brick paint may be removed quite easier or harder than others. There are many different factors that will determine how easy or how hard paint on bricks will be removed, these will include, the type of brick itself, the type of paint that has been used to paint the brick, the length of time the paint has been on the brick and the number of coats that have been applied.
There are many types of paint that are used for painting brickwork but all types fall into two main variations. The two main variations of paint that are used for painting brickwork will be either a brittle or a flexible coating. Depending on which type of coating you have on your surface will determine which type of method is appropriate for a successful removal. The flexible coatings can delicately be removed using specialised paint softeners alongside mechanical scrapping/Doff or Therma-Tech steam cleaning. The brittle coatings need to be abrasively removed using more aggressive techniques like sand or soda blasting. To determine which type of paint is on your surface a small test patch should be carried out to get a better understanding.
How to test paint on bricks
Before taking on any paint removal service our team at Feel the pressure UK will always provide a small test patch to understand exactly what type of paint is on the bricks. Paint test samples are carried out by our team using chemical paint softeners and specialised super-heated paint removal equipment. We first apply a specially formulated paint softening solution to a chosen area, leaving it to soak for the appropriate dwell time. If the paint softens and starts to break down that means it is a flexible coating, we then delicately remove it using either a Doff or Therma-Tech steam cleaning system. In some cases, one application of paint softener followed by steam cleaning is all it takes for a successful removal, in others two or three applications may be needed. If a paint softener is applied to paint and has no reaction, this will tell us that the paint is not flexible and is therefore a brittle coating and will need to be abrasively removed. You may even find some of the older properties to have modern flexible paint on the top coats with an old brittle coating on the bottom, this is why it is so important to always do a test patch so you know exactly what you are dealing with. (we have provided you with a demonstration video below going into more detail about how the paint softeners and steam cleaning equipment work)
How to remove paint on bricks using super-heated steam cleaning
This video is a perfect example
Guaranteed results for all types of bricks
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