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galaxy1

04:33AM | 03/15/05
Member Since: 03/14/05
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I have a yellowish color brick and it is not the traditional porous brick, it has a smooth finish...I am looking to stain the brick...

There is not much info available on how to do this...Anyone have any suggestions?

bslarch

08:11AM | 04/05/05
Member Since: 04/04/05
5 lifetime posts
I was thinking muriatic acid. Muriatic acid is used by novices to clean brick. The problem is you have only a few seconds after applying it to rinse it off thouroughly or it will stain the brick. This is not a desirable effect when cleaning, but maybe it will darken the brick to give you the effect you want.

It is possible that the acid may leave streaks. perhaps this is not a good idea. You try it first, let me know how it works, then I'll try it. ;)

galaxy1

08:47AM | 04/05/05
Member Since: 03/14/05
4 lifetime posts
I will try the acid this weekend and let you know...Thanks for the advice.

Ryan

bslarch

08:52AM | 04/05/05
Member Since: 04/04/05
5 lifetime posts
I also found this link in the archives. Depending on where the project is, there are also companies who dye bricks.

http://www.dyebrick.com

I'm not sure, but the muriatic acid could eat away at the mortar joints. It would also be hard to get a consistant color.

I also think some concrete stains or acid stains should work. www.thestampstore.com would have the answers for that. (that was the next place I was going to look.)

PaverPro

07:36PM | 04/26/05
Member Since: 03/09/04
32 lifetime posts
Hi Galaxy1,

DO NOT USE THE MURIATIC ACID. Variations in individual brick will become clearly evident. If you have a concrete brick, there are many alternatives. Personally, I have never tried to stain clay brick and wouldn't expect that i'd be very succesful at it. What type of brick are we talking about here?

George Nicula

Brickways, LLC

www.brickways.com

bslarch

08:38AM | 04/27/05
Member Since: 04/04/05
5 lifetime posts
That's a good point. If the "smooth bricks" are actually porcelain faced you might as well demolish them and put in the color of brick you want. Nothing will stick to porcelain faced brick. Usually those were used in restrooms or some other wet area in the '50s. I thought we were talking about an exterior application.

Most exterior bricks are clay. Different colors of brick are made by using different clays from different parts of the country. This means you would have to consider the ph balance when using any chemicals to stain the bricks. You also must consider any coatings that have been put on the bricks. If the bricks are epoxy coated, for example, you might as well treat them as if they were porcelain faced.

Even if you use the stains from dyebrick, you have to "paint" each brick individually. There must be a threshold of cost effectiveness between replacing the brick and painting the brick. It seems to me that the bigger the job, the more cost effective it would be to replace the brick. Also, you have to wonder about the consistency, durability, and lifespan of the stain. For consistency it would be better to have one person doing all of the "painting", which gets into the issue of time and cost effectiveness. As far as durability and lifespan, I've not found any answers to those. If the stain is a penetrating stain, how deep does it penetrate, how long will it last, does is fade in the sun (is it UV protected), what happens if the brick is chipped. With replacing the brick there is no doubt about what you are getting.

The issue is how much do you want to pay for ease of mind, installation, maintenance, consistency, and a string of other issues. I've just about made up my mind to replace the brick unless I can get a satisfying answer for all of these issues.

galaxy1

08:48AM | 04/27/05
Member Since: 03/14/05
4 lifetime posts
This is outside brick and is covers my entire house...it does have a smooth finish, should i take a sample brick somewhere to have someone tell what kind it is? Replacement brick seems like wuite a heavy job.

bslarch

10:16AM | 04/27/05
Member Since: 04/04/05
5 lifetime posts
If you had a picture of it, I could tell whether it was porcelain faced or not. I don't know if I could tell if it had a coating on it though.

Some bricks are more porous than others. It depends on what kind of clay, what part of the country, and what kind of form extruded them.

If you can't post a picture of it here, maybe you could find a website with your kind of brick on it and point us in the direction of the type of brick you have.

galaxy1

11:15AM | 04/27/05
Member Since: 03/14/05
4 lifetime posts
I will get a snap shot this week and post it...

Thanks for all your input.

Ryan
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