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How to Remove Paint From a Brick Wall

Updated February 21, 2017

Removing paint from a brick wall is not an easy task. Bricks are porous, which means they absorb paint. Still, it is worth the time and effort it takes to remove paint from a brick wall; 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 involve sandblasting or pressure washing, both of which are not recommended if you want to preserve the bricks. Instead, consider using the method outlined in the steps below.

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  1. Clean the brick wall with hot, soapy water and a bristle brush. Scrub as much dirt, cobwebs and stains off the bricks as you can. Rinse with a hose if the wall is outdoors, or a rag and clean water if indoors. Let dry completely.

  2. Prepare the paint remover. In a bucket, mix up a moderate amount following the directions on the package. Then, use the paintbrush to dab it generously onto the bricks. Work from the top to bottom, in one-foot square sections.

  3. Place a piece of fabric over the paint remover solution, and press it gently into the bricks. The solution will soften and soak into the material. Once the fabric is saturated, slowly peel the fabric off of the brick. The paint should come off with it.

  4. Continue to repeat Step 3 until the entire wall has been stripped of as much paint as possible. You will most likely have small areas of paint remaining. Dab those areas again with the solution, and let sit for ten minutes. Then, use the scrub brush to scrub the remaining paint off of the bricks.

  5. Rinse the wall clean of the paint removal solution by using a hose if outside. Use cold, clean water and a rag indoors.

  6. Warning

    If the wall is indoors, try to ventilate the area as much as possible, as many of the gel and paste removers have a strong scent.

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Things You'll Need

  • Paint remover in gel or paste form.
  • Pieces or strips of old fabric
  • Bristle brush
  • Paint brush
  • Rag
  • Bucket
  • Soap and water

About the Author

April Sanders
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