Cleaning up Bricks After Pointing

Discussion in 'Building' started by saffer, 14 Sep 2005.

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  1. saffer

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    I have just finished re pointing my chimney, most of it looks fine, however there are a few areas were I got a little pointing mix on the bricks. Is there a way of getting this off? I thought of buffing it off with a wire brush but that would clean the old bricks too and I would end up having to do the entire chimney. Someone has mentioned an acid wash? Is there such a thing?
     
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    It's available at builders merchants, sold as brick cleaner. It's hydrochloric acid.
     
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    another way of doing it is to rub the face with a harder brick than the ones you have used
     
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    The chances are you are to close to the job & know & can see the poor part.. When you look in a few weeks time, you will wonder why you wanted to clean it, although I can understand why you want it corrected.
     
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    Thanks for all your help the acid worked very well, everything looks great, even the long haired management (my wife) was impressed with the finnish.
     
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    I've heard they're not bad at skiing either. ;)
     
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    there are chemicals obtainable from builders merchants for this, one is 'disclean' . read instructions and followcarefully as this is a mild acid. never use a wire brush. unless the staining is really bad or in a sheltered position the weather and frost will clean the wall in time.
     
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    I have the same problem but, in my case, I'm using a black mortar dye on a red brick wall. There is a signficiant amount of smearing (mostly because this is my first wall and I'm rubbish at pointing). The wall looks fantastic :D - though I'm only on course 5 of 12 but I'm properley worried about how much of this smearing is going to remain prevalent once the job is finished. :confused:

    I noticed someone posted Disclean which is currently retailing about £21 incl delivery. Will it be effective in ridding the dyed mortar smears?

    Ta
     
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    lol
     

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