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Whether you’re removing paint stains or wanting to restore the brick back to its original look, soap and water isn’t going to work. Removing paint from brick will require a more aggressive strategy to get the paint off while preserving the integrity of the original brick in the process.

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Removing Paint From Stone Exterior

How to remove paint from brick diy project

TEST A SMALL AREA FIRST

Before beginning your brick paint removal project, we always recommend testing an area first. The best place is usually somewhere discreet like the furthest corner that’s hidden from view. Some of the reasons why testing is a good idea includes the underlying brick is a shade you don’t like, or the brick was painted to mask other imperfections.

A person testing a small area before removing paint from the brick wall

PREPARE YOUR WORKSPACE

The part of a DIY project most people enjoy the least is the cleanup, but you can help yourself out by taking the time to prepare the space you’ll be working in. If you’re removing paint from an interior brick wall, then at a minimum you’ll want to use a tarp to collect dust, paint flakes, small debris, etc., that will fall during this process. Also, a tarp or protective plastic can provide an extra layer of protection for floors, trim, etc., that are in the working space. Lastly, masking off doors and vents in the room can assist in containing dust to one area.

A woman prepping the space to remove paint from the brick wall

PROTECTIVE WEAR

For every home DIY project, we recommend protective wear. For this paint removal project, we recommend at the very least protective eyewear, gloves, breathing mask, long sleeved shirt, and pants. If you’re using a paint stripper, ensure you’re also wearing the manufacturer’s recommended protective wear.

A woman using the wagner paint eater to make removing paint from the brick wall easier

PREPARING THE BRICK SURFACE FOR PAINT REMOVAL

Before applying any stripping solutions, use the flat edge of a trowel to scrape away any areas where the paint is already flaking. Then using the Wagner PAINTEATER paint stripper, start sanding away at the outer layer of paint.
Pro Tip: if you can see the exposed brick in these areas, then you might be able to use a heat gun to remove the paint. Not only are heat guns a more economical solution, but it’ll also be less messy.

A woman using a wagner heat gun to remove peeling paint from the brick wall

USE A TRISODIUM PHOSPHATE SOLUTION TO REMOVE PAINT FROM BRICK

In a clean bucket, mix in a 2:1 ratio of one-gallon warm water to one-half cup trisodium phosphate (TSP). Using a long stir stick, mix the solution until all the TSP has dissolved. Using the stiff brush, apply and scrub the TSP solution onto the brick. Once you’ve applied the TSP to all the areas you want to remove paint from, allow the TSP solution to sit and cure for about 10 minutes. After the time has elapsed, scrub the brick again with the same stiff brush. Continue to repeat this process (step five) until all of the paint is removed from the brick.

A woman mixing trisodium phosphate solution to remove paint from brick

REMOVING DEEP SET-IN PAINT STAINS

If there’s still paint remaining on the brick, then spot treat with a paint remover or paint stripping gel. Then using a scrub brush with a back-and-forth motion, continue to scrub the brick to remove paint that has set deep into the pores of the brick. For incredibly stubborn areas, use a scrub brush and scouring powder. Ensure the area has been brushed with water, then apply the scouring powder and scrub vigorously to remove any remaining paint residue.

Paint stripping gel applied to brick wall to remove deep set in paint and stains

RINSE THE BRICK WITH PLAIN WARM WATER

Once all of the paint has been removed from the brick, rinse the surface with plain warm water to remove any remaining TSP solution or paint stripping gel. Allow the brick to dry and look for areas that need a second wipe down.

A person rinsing the brick wall with a hose to reveal the original brick work

FINISHING YOUR DIY PROJECT

Once the surface of the brick is dry, you can paint the brick a new color or seal it with a FLEXiO Sprayer. For additional home DIY projects visit Outdoor Projects or Indoor Projects.

Brick wall after paint has been removed.

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How To Remove Spray Paint From Your Skin

Hands covered in paint.
Unsplash / Nicole Honeywill

If you get spray paint on your skin there’s no reason to panic. It’s relatively easy to remove. First, read the label of your can to determine if you’ve managed to coat yourself with oil-based paint or water-based paint.

Water Based Paint

  1. Wash your hands under warm to hot tap water and a few drops of dish soap.
  2. If the paint doesn’t come off, a little bit of friction is required. Use a toothbrush, the abrasive side of a household sponge (not steel wool). or even an abrasive facial cleanser from your bathroom to gently scrub the area and remove the paint from your skin.
  3. Rinse
  4. Be sure to clean your sink immediately afterward.

Oil-Based Paint

  1. The best way to remove oil is with more oil. You can use essential oil, olive oil, coconut oil, or baby oil – whatever you have handy. Take care not to get any on your clothes or in your eyes. Some oils can stain or sting.
  2. Rub the oil back and forth over the painted area just as you would if you were trying to work up a lather with soap.
  3. Rinse.
  4. Repeat if necessary.
  5. Clean the sink immediately.

How To Remove Spray Paint From Metal

A microfiber cloth wipes the hood of a car.
Pixabay / melodiustenor

If you’re working outside on your project, it’s easy to let an errant spout of spray paint come into contact with a metal surface, such as metal patio furniture or the side of your car. Luckily it’s fairly easy to remove spray paint from nonporous surfaces like metal.

  1. Use a microfiber cloth. The last thing you want to do is scratch the existing paint.
  2. Apply a few drops of dish soap directly on to the offending area.
  3. Massage the dish soap with warm water and a microfiber cloth, rinsing frequently.
  4. If the paint was applied recently this should do the trick. If it doesn’t work, it’s time to move on to tougher methods. Although many online resources recommend nail polish remover, rubbing compounds, lacquer thinner, and gasoline, we strongly discourage the use of these substances because they remove the existing paint. This could lead to a very expensive problem.
  5. If soap and water don’t work, a clay cleaning bar is a preferred method for removing spray paint from metal surfaces.
  6. Cut off a section of the clay bar.
  7. Spray the section with lubricant. Although you can purchase special a clay bar lubricant, it’s cheap and easy to make your own DIY version. Just add a few drops of dish soap to a pint of warm water.
  8. Rub the paint stain firmly with the clay bar, applying more lubricant as you go if necessary.
  9. Wipe the area with a damp microfiber cloth to remove any lubricant or traces of paint.

Note: If the metal surface you’re cleaning is a car, It’s a good idea to give it a good wash and wax when you’re finished. This will make sure any abrasive bits of paint have been removed and help protect your existing paint from further damage.

How To Remove Spray Paint From Fabric

Brightly colored bottles of spray paint.
Unsplash / Ehimetalor Unuabona

Few users of spray paint haven’t dealt with noticing they’ve ended up with a bit of the stuff on their clothes. In fact, people have special outfits they save for these projects just in case.

Wet Paint

  1. If the paint is still wet, blot, don’t rub, the area with a light colored cloth and warm water. This is the same method you use to remove stains from carpet. Blotting draws the stain upwards into your towel. Rubbing, on the other hand, forces the stain down, deeper into the fabric, making it even more difficult to remove.
  2. Use a dab of dish soap oil-based stain remover if necessary.
  3. Blot the area with a dry cloth to absorb the paint.
  4. Repeat as necessary.

Dry Paint

  1. Use a butter knife, spoon, or fingernail to scrape up as much of the hardened paint as possible. Take care not to tear the fabric.
  2. Use nail polish remover or paint remover to remove the excess paint. Perform a test first on an unseen area to make sure you can safely use these substances without removing the dye.
  3. If you are dealing with fabric from clothing, throw the garment in the washing machine to remove as much as the paint as possible.

How To Remove Spray Paint From Concrete

A large red paint stain.
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Pressure Washer

  1. If you have access to a pressure washer, move everything else out of the area. Pressure washers are powerful and can damage patio furniture or the paint on your car if you’re not careful.
  2. Spray the area with water from the pressure washer, moving the hose back and forth so the blast of water essentially scrubs the painted area.
  3. Rinse thoroughly and be sure to sweep up and remove all the dirt and spray paint from the area when finished.

TSP

  1. If you aren’t able to get your hands on a pressure washer, or if you are dealing with an area where for some reason a pressure washer wouldn’t be ideal, Powdered Trisodium Phosphate, or TSP, is your friend, but don’t underestimate its power. TSP should only be used in a well-ventilated area, wearing gloves, goggles, and a respiratory mask.
  2. Mix ¼ teaspoon in a bucket for every gallon of water. The number of gallons you’ll need will be determined by the size of the area you need to clean.
  3. Scrub the area with a stiff bristled brush. If the spray paint still remains, allow the solution to sit for a half hour before you attempt to remove it again.
  4. Repeat if necessary.
  5. Be sure to thoroughly rinse and clean the area of solution and debris when finished.

Removing spray paint from most surfaces is easy. All it takes is a little bit of elbow grease and know how.

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