Everyone knows that to remove wallpaper from an internal wall you can wet it and scrape it, but how about getting paint off an exterior brick wall?
In this case the paint is designed to withstand knocks, scrapes and all types of weather. It’s about time we told you a few tricks of the trade so you can see if it’s a DIY job you’re ready to tackle
TSP will remove paint from an exterior brick wall
Reach for your trusty bucket, add warm water to a cup of TSP following the instructions on the container, and mix with a stick. The beauty of TSP is that it’s far more than a standard paint stripper — it’ll shed all manner of dirt, grease and grime at the same time.
When you factor in how important a clean and well-prepped surface is, TSP is one of the tools of choice of the pros.
Despite its proven ability to restore any type of exterior brick wall to its natural state, TSP is not all that good for the environment. If you’re painting your exteriors with a view to leaving them be for the next decade, you might feel this isn’t such a big deal. But if you want a more eco-friendly option, there’s a few available.
Pressure washing is an eco way to remove paint
When paint is getting old and flaky, you could in principle stand there and peel large amounts of it off by hand. Of course that would take forever, so reaching for a pressure washer is a much quicker way to get things done.
Depending on the state of the paintwork you’ll be able to get most of it off in time, but there will often be sites where something more industrial is needed. While it can be tempting to try and scrape them off, this is a sure-fire way to leave scratches and gouges in your brickwork.
Paint stripper cleans up an exterior brick wall
Paint stripper will often be far more effective than pressure washing, if not quite as fun to reply. A gentle brush over the top of the target area will soften and start to strip the paint from the bricks it has bonded to.
Many strippers get the paint in such a softened state that all you need to do then is apply a firm action with a stiff brush to get everything off. It’s a relatively quick, low-effort approach that won’t damage your brickwork.
What do you do once you’ve removed the paint?
Here at Advanced Painters we can take care of the stripping, surface prep and the painting and finishing for you.
That way you can sit back and relax, safe in the knowledge that everything is being done the right way from beginning to end. Ideal when you want to enjoy a premium quality exterior finish that will last for years to come.