07:02AM | 07/25/04
Member Since: 07/24/04
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My brick home is 45 years old, and the face of the bricks are starting to peel off, expecialy on the chimney. When I purchased the home 20 years ago it was painted white and now I understand why beautiful brick was painted - to seal the brick and prevent this brick delamination. I was told that the brick used during that time was solft and allowed moisture to get into the brick. I assume with freezing weather, the face of the brick would simply peel and fall off from the brick. Does anyone know how to seal the painted brick to stop this condition. How do I repain the surface that already fell off? Thanks.


06:15PM | 07/25/04
Member Since: 11/06/02
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Some bricks are intended to be paintable and others can be damaged by painting. it will lock moisture in and then the freeze/thaw cycle damages them. It is possible that yours were never intended to be painted in the first place, or that they werre not maintained well. You will need a reputable masonry contractor to look at things to determine what the problem is.

Chimneys can experience a water problem from leaking at the cap surface or from condensation as burning fuel gives off water vapour as a by-product of combustion. This condensation can freex and force the faces off the brick also.

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