1. Paint is peeling from masonry surface or is undesired
2. Paint is causing damage to masonry
Paint has been used to cover masonry for many years and has been used as a protective coating for masonry that is beginning to show signs of deterioration. It has also been used when porous masonry became dirty from pollution. It may have been been painted due to repairs made to the building which caused a mismatch in masonry.
While some historic buildings were built with the intention of painting the masonry for architectural design purposes, most historic buildings were not.
Under many circumstances, removing paint properly from a historic masonry structure will bring about dramatic visual improvements and will help prevent future problems associated with paint on masonry. We can help determine the proper cleaners and protective treatments for historic brick that will allow the vapor permeability that is necessary while preserving the beautiful exposed historic masonry.
Step 1: Remove paint with application specific strippers to preserve integrity of underlying masonry.
Step 2: Clean and repair exposed masonry as needed.
Step 3: Inspect the newly exposed masonry to determine if protective treatments are appropriate.
Alternate Solution (if paint is appropriate)
Step 1: Same as step 1 above.
Step 2: Same as step 2 above.
Step 3: Paint with breathable masonry paint.
Joshua Dunn is the owner of Alliance Restoration LLC, a Kansas City based masonry restoration contractor and consulting service that focuses on traditional methods in masonry construction and up-to-date preservation techniques to maintain our built heritage.