Restoring an exposed brick fireplace

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  1. mark1981

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    Hi new to this forum and a novice DIYer.

    I have recently exposed a plastered chimney breast in my dining room and am looking on some hints and tips on cleaning up the brickwork.

    I also need some advice as to whether it could do with repointing.

    I have read articles about using milk paint to lighten the redness of the bricks a bit has anyone used this - any advice is appreciated.

    I have uploaded a picture, red areas on pic to be removed at the weekend when I hire a breaker,

    Thanks for your help.


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    That brickwork is in excellent condition to be left bare, unpointed and untreated. Stiff brush it down, & accept it as it is. Painting or staining or (as some imbeciles do) varnishing will make the C/B look cheesy.

    You dont need any "breaker" to remove those bits of infill brick - simply use a hammer and chisel to easily knock and pry them out.

    The soot in the fire opening can be removed with a wire brush and its advisable to get the flue(s) swept.

    Note: what are the dark smudges on the wall recess to the right?
     
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    Thanks ree,

    The dark smudges are dirt marks caused when removing the plaster, the room is getting a full re-skim when all the major work is complete.

    What about sealing the brick with a low sheen sealer after cleaning ?
     
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    A weak pva solution will seal the dust in.
     
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