Home owner of historic home

by Scott
(Traverse City, MI)

I recently purchased a 115 year old double wyth brick home in northern Michigan. The bricks on the exterior wall are in pretty good shape. It has been previously stained/painted (hard to tell). The coating is old and faded, so I want to re-stain. I have read a lot about avoiding sealants due to trapping moisture behind the coating. Maybe a semipermeable coating is best?


What advise can you give me.

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Apr 11, 2012
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MASONRY CONTRACTOR NEW
by: Anonymous

I forgot to tell you the other guy was correct after you clean it tuck point it were needed and then seal it.

Apr 11, 2012
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by: Anonymous

OK you can clean this old building with what we call a job site mixture. My grandfather invented this years ago, it works great if you do it correctly. You go and buy some masonry acid 700 I think, I am retired not sure,ask the supply company for masonry acid they will know. Then you mix this with liquid detergent we always used tide and water. Now the key to this is to mix a little find a spot on the wall test it and see if it cleans it. You need to add acid if it does not do the job and if it turns yellowish or greenish looking take acid out of it.

Apr 02, 2012
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Home owner of Historic Home NEW
by: Charlie Cummins

Hello Scott and thank you for restoring not tearing down. My suggestion is either clean off all the stains and restore it back to its natural look, then water seal it after you have tuck pointed the bad joints (if they are any) It also may be easier and less expensive to have it sandblasted. You can learn a lot by going to brickcertification.com and be sure and read all the links. You will get ideals on what to do, and maybe come up with more to make your historic home more valuable.

Thank you again for restoring
Charlie Cummins

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