How to Remove Spray Paint From a Brick Wall

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It is difficult to remove pray paint from a brick wall without damaging the masonry. Follow these steps to complete the task.

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Things you need

  • Power washer
  • Protective eyewear
  • Rubber gloves
  • Bleach
  • Paint thinner
  • Sand blaster

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Be sure that the masonry you're trying to clean is real brick. It makes a difference in the products and methods you'll use.

  2. 2

    Borrow or rent a heavy duty power washer, with at least 3000 psi pressure. Wear protective eyewear, rubber gloves and other items to protect your skin while using the power washer.

  3. 3

    Try power washing the spray paint with a mild cleanser or a mixture of bleach and water. If the mild cleanser does not work try a more potent one.

  4. 4

    Make sure the tip of the power washer isn't too narrow, otherwise you'll etch a permanent outline of the spray paint into the brick.

  5. 5

    Keep moving the tip of the power washer around, being careful not to stay in one spot for too long which could damage the surface of the brick.

  6. 6

    Try a stronger chemical, specifically made for spray paint and graffiti removal, if you still can't get the paint off. The Newhome website has a report, entitled "Graffiti Remover Research and Field Test Report: The Search for Safer Products" which names 35 different cleaners. Taginator finished on top of their list for cleaning brick.

  7. 7

    Try using a sand blaster if the power washer isn't removing the spray paint.

Tips and warnings

  • Try harsher chemicals if regular cleansers and bleach don't work. Balance the safety of the chemicals with the need for getting your brick clean.
  • Use extreme caution in using harsh chemicals, which may damage you or the environment. Use in ventilated areas.

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