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How to Remove Paint From Brick

Learn how to remove paint from brick with the help of Blain’s Farm & Fleet.

Sometimes painted brick can bring your design together – or it can be a dated eyesore. If you’re looking to update your old brick fireplace or brick wall, you can do it yourself with the right tools and a good chunk of time. It can be a labor-intensive project, but worth the results. Learn how to remove paint from brick with these tips from Blain’s Farm & Fleet.

How to Remove Paint From Brick
Give your brick fireplace or wall a face lift – learn how to remove paint from brick with these tips from Blain’s Farm & Fleet.

What You’ll Need:

  • Paint stripper
  • Stiff-bristled wire brush
  • Peeling strips
  • Protective painter’s gear
  • Drop cloths
  • Painter’s tape
  • Drywall knife


How to Remove Paint From Brick:

1. Test the Brick – Before you begin the process of stripping paint, you should test the paint stripper on a small section of the brick. It’s also important to get paint stripper that is meant for masonry work. Paint strippers have come a long way, and gel-based treatments are commonly used for brick. If the paint stripper doesn’t work, you may need to hire a professional to strip the paint.

2. Protect the Work Area – Lay down canvas or plastic drop cloths around the work area to catch any flaking and peeling paint that will be stripped from the brick. Tape drop cloths down for maximum protection. If you’re working around any trim or finished areas, make sure you cover them up with painter’s tape. This will all help make cleanup a breeze – and save you the headache of damaging any other surfaces around the work area. This is also a good time to put on your protective gear, such as a respirator mask, gloves and safety goggles.

3. Prepare the Surface and Apply the Paint Stripper – Scrape away any paint that’s already loose. Use the drywall knife, trowel or tool provided with the stripper to apply the paint stripper to the brick. Work it into any cracks and crevices in the brick. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for thickness and amount you need to apply. Let the remover work – if you remove it too soon, you may not get the desired results.

4. Remove the Paint Stripper – Remove the paint stripper per the manufacturer’s instructions. You can also use a stiff-bristled wire brush to remove any residue, and rinse it with water. With any home improvement projects, it’s important to always follow the product instructions.

At Blain’s Farm & Fleet, you’ll find all the paint supplies for your next home project. For more how-to’s and tips, visit our Painting & Staining blog.


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