Sealing internal brick walls

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  1. ellgee

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    Whats the best thing to use to seal internal brick walls?

    We're turning our garage into a (part time) games room so need to spruce it up a bit.

    Ideally looking for something that dries clear so we can still see the bricks - we won't be painting over it.

    Also, would the same thing work on breeze blocks (as one of the walls is built with them).


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    You can but a clear brick sealer..water based i think, try b an q
     
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    You could use a clear matt varnish. If the bricks are old bricks that have been cleaned up and you want to bring out their natural colour you can use 50% Turps and 50% raw linseed oil. The turps gives the bricks the natural colour and the oil keeps it that way.
     
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    Bit like this...
     
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    That looks good..cheers for that Rob..
     
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    top tip there robbie havnt herd that one before. by turps do you mean actual turps or white spirit?
     
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    Doesnt really matter which one. Ive done this many times on old brickwork. Brings out the natural colour of the brick. Works best on the old types of bricks.
     
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    hi robbie

    I would like to ask a bit more about the turps/linseed oil treatment.

    do you mix the 2 up together and then apply or do you treat with turps first and then apply the oil?
     
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    Mix the two together and then apply liberally with a brush. :D
     
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    Only asking because I honestly do not know- but what is wrong with plain old diluted pva- cheap/odourless/easy clean up.
     
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    What do you think diluted pva would be like compared to the patio sealer for using instead of the patio sealer (for sealing patios) as a money saver?

    Would they be anywhere near the same strength?

    I'm genuinely interested/not trying to be funny
     
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    Thing is PVA will put a slight shine on the brick work, which is what i didnt want at the time.
     
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    I wouldn't recommend using pva outside
     
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    Thought we were talking of inside ??
     

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