Q: How big of a project is it to remove paint from a brick facade?
My house has a brick facade that was painted white by a previous owner. I would love to remove the paint from the brick and restore the facade to its original look. How much is this likely to cost me? The house is a four bedroom, 2800 sq foot home - if that helps. Also, how much of an undertaking will this be? Will it take days or weeks? What methods will be needed to strip the paint - sandblasting, I assume? What likely damage or issues will I have around my property or on the house (windows, etc.) if I do go ahead with this project? ...I am sure professionals will try to protect my windows and what not. But, in a big project like this, I suspect it may be tough.
A: Media blasting paint has various techniques and materials
Sandblasting is the best known way to remove old paint, but there are other products that will work without as much damage to the brick. Make some calls and see if you can find someone in your area that does media blasting with bio-degradable materials like walnut shells or peanut shells - they work very well, but have less chance of damaging the brick. You may also find a company that employs soda blasting (using baking soda). It's VERY effective and is also much safer for the brick, however it does cause vegitation to die if it isn't covered up.
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A: Other Options to Consider
Re-Painting of course with a different color as long as substrate is prepared, scraping, priming. Another option other than media blasting (which is good) would be overlaying with newer look of Stucco or newer type rock finish. Would suggest getting all estimates, seeing which way you wanted to go. One option may cost a little more, but you will probably be much happier with outcome.
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