Removing paint from a brick wall is definitely an easy task. Brick are very porous which means that they absorb the paint. Taking this into consideration it is still worth time and effort it takes to remove the paint as the end result is a natural red brick wall that is always in style. There are a few different ways to remove paint from bricks. The fastest way involves sandblasting or pressure washing. These methods are not recommended if you want to preserve the bricks. It would be better for follow the method I have outlined in the steps below.
You will need the following items:
Firstly clean the wall with hot, soapy water and bristle brush. You will need to scrub as much dirt and stains off the wall as you can. Rinse with a hose if the wall is outside, or a rag and clean water if inside. Let the wall dry completely. If the wall is indoors, try to ventilate the area as much as possible, as many paint removers have a strong scent.
Prepare the paint remover following the directions on the package. Use a paintbrush to dab it generously onto the bricks. Work from top to bottom in one-foot square sections. Place a piece of fabric over the paint remover and press it gently into the bricks. The paint removal solution will soften and soak into the material. Once the fabric is saturated, slowly peel off the brick and the paint will come with it.
Continue to do this until the entire wall has been stripped of as much paint as possible. You may have small areas of paint remaining. Dab these areas again with the solution and let it sit for ten minutes. You can then use the brush to scrub the remaining paint off the bricks. Rinse the wall clean of the paint removal solution using cold clean water.
Now all this may seem like a long and arduous task and you may want to call in a professional brick cleaning company to save you time. There is a very reputable company called Brick Clean based in London who has many years experience in brick cleaning. Visit their website to see the numerous services they have to offer with regards to paint removal and cleaning bricks.