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    Went to do some maintenance at a property I've owned for 25 years and found the tenants have painted both brick fire surrounds downstairs without permission and despite being told not to - it's in the agreement. They don't seem to see the issue but I need to know the cheapest and most effective way to remove this when they go.

    If its emulsion then happy days...... water and a scrubbing brush....... if its gloss then it will have to be something all more powerful, if it was outside then i would simply send you to a builders merchant for some brick acid and tell you to read the instructions carefully, but inside the house ! I would still go and see a brick specialist (most builders merchants have a section with geeks who know about bricks), and see what they can suggest but i suspect what ever you do it will be bloody hard work.


      nitromos paint stripper used to be the thing to go for but its not as effective as it used to be, try something like this Centrecoat R10 Paint Stripper

      horrible messy job


        Thanks Hudson and Broose. Looks like its smooth masonry paint which ain't gonna come off with scrubbing.


          My experience is that you can never remove it all.


            are these gas fire just be careful with fumes, had one tenant paint a gas fire from brown to white surround and ended up with the carbon monoxide going through the roof and having to replace the surround and fire


              You might be able to knock off masonry paint carefully with a brick hammer. It takes of a small part of the surface with the paint. Care needed but over a small area as this it might work well.

              Freedom at the point of zero............


                The only time I had to do similar I used a wire wheel brush in a power drill.
                That was outdoors though and did make a hell of a lot of dust.

                Probably a combination of a masonry paint stripper followed by a wire brush would be better indoors.

                Of course in an enclosed space you will need to take extra care about fumes that any chemical stripper may give off, most of them are formulated for outdoor use.


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