Best way to remove paint from brickwork

Collapse
X
  • Filter
  • Time
  • Show
Clear All
new posts

    Best way to remove paint from brickwork

    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.

    #2
    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.

    Comment


      #3
      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

      Comment


        #4
        Thanks Hudson and Broose. Looks like its smooth masonry paint which ain't gonna come off with scrubbing.

        Comment


          #5
          My experience is that you can never remove it all.

          Comment


            #6
            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

            Comment


              #7
              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............

              Comment


                #8
                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.

                Comment

                Latest Activity

                Collapse

                • New EPC is nonsense
                  JK0
                  I don't know whether to be happy or sad about the recent EPC I've received. I bet mine's the only flat in England with storage heaters scoring a B!

                  My tenant who was there for nine years used about 4000 day units and 4000 night units per year. In the year I have been pottering around repairing...
                  25-06-2019, 11:47 AM
                • Reply to New EPC is nonsense
                  JK0
                  Thanks Sam. That is interesting. Even two neighbours on my landing with gas heating only manage a C.

                  I think I'll just have to tell prospective tenants that the EPC is a load of coblers, and to take the three year cost to be one year.
                  25-06-2019, 19:32 PM
                • Reply to New EPC is nonsense
                  sam_cat
                  Get a second opinion?
                  Seems crazy, it should be as simple as them putting some numbers into their program and it gives the result...

                  You can use postcode search on the EPC site to view neighbouring properties, have a look at what neighbours have had.
                  https://www.epcregister...
                  25-06-2019, 12:19 PM
                • Problems with Re-roof
                  mgt
                  I own a Victorian terrace BTL which had a knackered slate roof. I accepted an estimate from a contractor recommended by the managing agent for a re-roof. The estimate drew attention to a number of changes eg a dry, maintenance free joint on the ridge tiles, use of substitute lead flashing. The work...
                  18-06-2019, 04:36 AM
                • Reply to Problems with Re-roof
                  bluebonnie
                  Beware the effect these "modern" tiles may have on the roof timbers.

                  We had a similar job passed off on the roof of a let property some years ago: welsh slates replaced with concrete tiles, invisible from ground level because of an intervening parapet concealing the "london...
                  23-06-2019, 21:37 PM
                • Reply to Problems with Re-roof
                  mgt
                  TBF this agent is pretty good, but agree tradesmen do seem to think rental properties merit a lesser job, although they often tell me 'most landlords don't want to spend too much'. In this case the problem is that I never for a moment considered any reputable contractor would do anything other than...
                  20-06-2019, 14:06 PM
                • Reply to Problems with Re-roof
                  AlexR
                  I have found that tradespeople, and to a degree Agents, view any work to be done on a tenanted property as a job to be done as cheaply as possible. It's probably because most landlords just want to fix the house and get it let as quickly and cheaply as possible. I imagine there is quite a difference...
                  20-06-2019, 09:12 AM
                • Reply to Problems with Re-roof
                  mgt
                  The quote said 'strip defective roof tiles..new tiles to be laid style and colour to be agreed', which is why I didn't question it, and I didn't agree to anything - but the work was being done at distance through an agent. It mentioned a number of differences eg in the ridge tiles, use of plastic verges...
                  20-06-2019, 04:40 AM
                • Reply to Problems with Re-roof
                  leaseholder64
                  What did the specification say? What, other than the price, did the quote say?

                  If you want something specific, especially if it is a more expensive option, you need to provide a detailed specification. That may involve paying a surveyor to produce it.
                  18-06-2019, 10:07 AM
                • EPC: C by 2030...prepare
                  JK0
                  Anyone with a property unlikely to make a C by 2030, might want to get one before the end of 2019. Assuming you can scrape a 'D' now, you then can let your property freely for the next ten years.

                  'But what happens in 2030, JK0?' you ask.

                  Well then, your 2019 EPC will have expired,...
                  12-06-2019, 20:51 PM
                Working...
                X