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Last updated on March 25th, 2023

Cost to remove paint from a brick house

If you are eager to increase your home’s value and get that authentic brick look back, it’s best to call in the professionals. But what is the cost to remove paint from a brick house?

Removing old paint from brickwork can help to restore the exterior of your property to its former glory. However, just scrubbing it with hot water isn’t going to do the trick. Brick cleaning acid or sand-blasting are both effective ways to remove the paint but require a skilled pair of hands. If you are eager to increase your home’s value and get that authentic brick look back, it’s best to call in the professionals. But what is the cost to remove paint from a brick house?

To help you budget for the job, we’ve put together a guide to the average brick paint removal cost. Once you’ve got a good idea of prices, use our search tool to find quotes from qualified and vetted specialists in your local area.

How much does it cost to remove paint from a brick house?

Cost provided itemUnitAverage cost
Brick paint removalPer m2£50
ScaffoldingPer week£310

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Prices will vary but tend to start at around £50 per square metre. Quotes can usually be packaged up to account for brick cleaning on the entire building. This could be as low as £500, but prices are rarely off the shelf. It goes without saying that the average brick paint removal cost will be higher in London, but there are other factors at play. The quote will depend on the condition of the brickwork, how long the job will take, how many professionals will be needed and the geographic location of the building. If the task requires scaffolding to complete, you can expect an additional cost of a minimum of £310.

Altogether, we recommend budgeting at least £1,000 to remove the paint from the exterior of a brick house.

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brick paint removal costWhat is the process of removing paint from brick?

Before paint removal takes place, the team will undertake a full inspection of the area to determine the best approach.

  1. First, a sample of the paint will be taken and the condition of the brickwork assessed.
  2. Next, they will settle on a method for removing the paint, such as soda blasting for water-based paint.
  3. From here, the paint stripping process can get underway, whereby the paint remover will slowly strip the paint allowing it to be washed away with a pressure washer. Depending on how many layers of paint, several rounds of soda blasting may be needed.
  4. Once all the paint has been removed from the brick, your team might suggest a chemical clean. This involves removing all residue and dirt to get the exterior of your property looking its best.

What are the advantages of removing paint from a brick house?

There are a number of reasons you may want to strip paint from a brick house, such as:

  • Breathability – By removing the paint, you allow the brickwork to breathe naturally. This will help increase the lifespan of the bricks and keep them looking their best for longer.
  • Property value – Restoring brick to its original appearance can heighten the appearance of your home’s exterior and boost the value if you are looking to sell.
  • Saving costs – Improving the condition of your bricks will spare you the maintenance costs of restoring them in the future.

Can I remove paint from a brick house myself?

If you have the tools and skill-set necessary to take on this task, you may feel confident opting for DIY to save costs. Even still, we recommend getting help as working at such heights can be dangerous. Not sure where to start? It’s best to save yourself on the potential safety risks and hire a professional. The cost to remove paint from brick is fairly reasonable and is worth it to get your property looking perfect.

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