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user001

05:59AM | 10/24/03
Member Since: 04/20/03
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One of the fireplaces in the house we bought recently has a black coating over a large area in the brick wall just above the fireplace door. It seems that there is a small gap in the fireplace door and over the years smoke has gotten out to blacken the brick wall. Is there any solvent I can use to remove the black stuff from the brick? are there any other ways (other than using solvent) to remove the black coating?
thanks

Piffin

03:36PM | 11/02/03
Member Since: 11/06/02
1281 lifetime posts
That depends on the type of coating. Your heading describes a tar, as though leaking down from a roof seal. It shouldn't do that and other potential problems should be investigated.
Tar can be removed with a product called TAR-X sold for this kind of thing and similar products from auto stores for removing tar from autos near paving projects.

From the location, it sounds more like a creosote problem. This should not occour interitor so an inspoection by a qualified mason or chimney sweep is called for in that case.

If it is just soot, a vacumn and scrubbing can handle it.

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