Our addiction with new Pinterest interior designs and inspos can stir our desire to redesign or renovate our homes. Change is the only constant thing in this world. Trends change, new designs come and we get bored with how our home looks. The only solution is a total makeover!

However, renovations can be daunting like dealing with additional financial expenses and hiring an expert interior designer. If you plan to DIY your home renovation, expect to have some slight flaws, one of which is having some smeared paint on your bricks. Here’s a DIY on how to take the paint off the brick.

1. Be prepared to have the Right Materials and Tools

Every DIYer has to have the right materials and tools to make every project possible and successful. Here are the things you need to remedy the brick problem:

  • A nice pair of gloves
  • Extra paint strippers and laminated paper paint removal strippers
  • A good amount of drop cloths
  • A painter’s tape
  • A drywall knife
  • A sturdy brush

2. Removing the Paint Effectively

  • First of all, always wear your gloves to protect yourself from the strong chemicals brought by the paint removals. Some of them can be too strong especially if you have a sensitive skin. Also wear a mask if you’re allergic to the smell of it. Safety always comes first!
  • To protect your floor from the paint debris and spilled paint removers, spread out some drop cloths or just an unused towel to catch any falling debris. To keep the cloth in place, tape it with a painter’s tape onto the floor for a good grip. This will also help you to clean up the mess faster once you’re done treating your brick.
  • Assess the situation of the paint mess. Look at scraped or loose paint and start by getting rid of them before putting any chemicals to the brick. Grab your drywall knife and slowly scrape all the loose paint that stuck on it.
  • Next is to use the paint strippers for the hard to remove paint. Spread the paste onto the brick by using a spatula or the applicator provided from the package. Make sure you’ve applied the right amount that you need.
  • After applying the paste to the brick, work on with the paint strips and start pasting it to the affected brick. Give enough pressure until it sticks into the brick. Make sure to cover all affected areas of the brick and no part of it shall be exposed. Let it sit for at least 24 hours to let the chemicals do its job and soften the paint away from the brick.
  • The next day, try taking off the strips away from the brick. If it’s too hard to come off, you may use the drywall knife to exert more force in taking it off.
  • Peel the paint strips carefully and slowly. Avoid tearing the strips or it will be hard for you to peel it again. This will also create a huge mess if it remains stuck onto the brick.
  • Notice that as you’re peeling the paint strip, the paint should be coming off as well.
  • If there are still some remaining paint traces left onto the brick wall, try scraping it off with a drywall knife. Be careful to not damage the brick since the drywall knife is sharp.
  • If it’s still too stubborn to come off, you might need a brush to take it off. Upon brushing the affected wall, always do it carefully and slowly. Do not include the unaffected areas or you will end up smearing the rest of the paint traces to the other side.
  • Once you’ve successfully removed all the paint stains, discard all the wet clothes with the paint debris or scrapes, the paint strippers and other cleaning tools you used that need to be disposed of. Don’t let any harmful chemicals linger inside your home since it can contaminate the air and most of them are toxic. Kids and pets are more likely to become a victim of playing and eating those accidentally.

Important things to consider:

  • Before you do any DIY work or resolving home issues like paint problems, always assess the weight of the issue. If it’s something that you can easily perform on your own, then go for it. If you and your family are convinced that the matter is too serious and it needs professional help, then do so. Don’t risk creating more damage to the problem because it might be too hard to fix it in the end.
  • It’s highly advisable to remedy the paint removal as quickly as possible. Bricks are porous and can absorb liquid as quickly as possible. If too much time has passed before you decide to take the paint off, it might be too late to remove the paint off on your own. Especially if you live in colder locations, the paint could have frozen and stuck hard onto the brick. Which makes the problem even bigger. Fix it as soon as you can before it’s too late.
  • Never use paint thinners or muriatic acid when removing paint from your brick. This can only bring more damage than good. The paint thinner can only smear the paint more onto the brick. Only use paint strippers to remove the paint off from the brick.

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