Can You Remove Paint From Exterior Brick
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Can you remove paint from exterior brick? We look at the methods of removing paint from brick and how much you could expect it to cost.
How much does it cost to remove paint from a brick house?
Every job is different when it comes to paint removal. The size of the property, the type of paint, and the work's complexity all contribute to how much it will cost to complete the job.
However, your typical blasting and paint removal company will charge a flat fee per square metre of paint that needs removing.
Depending on the contractor you hire, these prices will vary, but they will typically start, per square metre of paint, at Â£50.
You could also include a brick cleaning and washing service as part of the quote for your package.
Usually, for an entire building, this brick wall cleaning service can cost up to Â£500. However, you should bear in mind that these prices are not fixed, and depending on the work you want completed, they are likely to vary.
Naturally, brick paint removal services will be more expensive in urban areas or places where house prices are particularly high, such as London.
Alongside the property's location, other factors will influence the cost of the service. These include the brickwork's current condition, the number of hours the job is expected to take and how many contractors would be needed to carry out the paint removal.
If the work you need doing is particularly extensive and will require scaffolding to reach all the areas of paint you want removing, you can expect to pay at least Â£300 as a minimum cost.
This is the average price to construct the scaffolding you need per week. Overall, you will need to budget roughly Â£1,000 for paint removal on all the exterior brickwork of a house.
Methods Of Removing Paint From Brick
Painting the exterior of a property is the quickest and cheapest way to give it a fresh new appearance.
However, while there are many practical and aesthetic benefits to painting an exterior, such as a wide range of colour choices and cheap application, you should never apply paint directly onto the bare brick.
Painting directly onto the exterior brick of a property will eventually lead to erosion, compromising the structural integrity of the exterior brick walls.
This erosion is caused by the fact that exterior paints need to be weather resistant, essentially forming an airtight seal around the property. While this added durability might sound like a good idea, the truth is a little different.
Adding a robust, weatherproof layer to the exterior brick of your home or property sounds like an added benefit that paint can provide. However, you should be aware that bricks are a breathing material.
This means that they adapt to the conditions they experience. For example, they can absorb water during rainy spells and quickly expel it during dry patches.
Therefore, if you create a non-breathable, weatherproof layer to your exterior brick, this limits its adaptable nature and prevents it from breathing.
In the worst-case scenario, you may apply this weatherproof paint onto brickwork that already holds a lot of moisture. Preventing this moisture from escaping is the main reason that erosion occurs.
There are many methods to remove paint from a property's exterior brick, and not all of these methods are appropriate for a true brick restoration project.
However, the basic process entails removing each layer of paint one at a time, carefully peeling strips off until only the bare exposed brickwork of the property is left on the exterior.
Why Strip Paint From A Brick House?
Here is a list of the advantages that removing the paint from the exterior of your house can bring.
Why is Masonry Paint So Difficult to Remove from Bricks?
One of the main reasons exterior paint, especially masonry paint, is so stubborn and difficult to remove is the nature of bricks themselves.
Brick is a naturally porous material, so whatever you apply to them will immediately be soaked up by them. Therefore, once it has been allowed to soak in, it becomes harder to remove the paint.
While standard oil or acrylic paints won't offer up much resistance to a professional cleaning, more hardwearing protective paints will. These hardwearing paints include masonry paint, which resists all damage and cleaning.
Removing masonry paint requires harsher cleaning techniques, such as chemical cleaning, which can be dangerous if used improperly.
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