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Old 12-07-2016, 05:01 PM   #1
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Caulking Removal


Best combo of tool and chemical to get some old arse caulking (i.e. brittle and stuck on good) off of some otherwise good condition brick.

Need to put on a new pediment and the customer's old one doesn't quite line up with the newbie.

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Old 12-07-2016, 05:09 PM   #2
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Sorry I only know the manual way - I pull what I can with pliers & painters tool, follow that up with a steel brush or brush mounted on a drill
You may try an acid wash or caulk removal liquid but I would test on a brick that is inconspicuous area first

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Thanks.

Recommendations on wire brush? Just a cup style?
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Sand mold? glazed? Bartex?...etc...what kind of brick and what kind of caulk?

Line pin chisels can be your friend for removing most of the bulk without injuring most brick. Toluene, MEK and and original Goof off will usually take care of the rest.
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If you're wondering what a line pin is...W.Rose makes the best. You can get them at Krafttool.com.
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Just did a bunch of removal two weeks ago. Was not on face of brick but at expansion joints. Used a Fein multi tool. Danced through the caulk like hot butter on a holiday.
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Thanks guys. I will take a look at those items.

One installer mentioned something that he soaked the brick with and then power washed off to help with the paint and sealant.
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Thanks.

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Just a word of caution with wire brush usage; make sure it is stainless or brass,steel will deposit carbon on brick,turning them black. Those deposits are usually harder to remove than the stuff you are trying to remove.
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Just a word of caution with wire brush usage; make sure it is stainless or brass,steel will deposit carbon on brick,turning them black. Those deposits are usually harder to remove than the stuff you are trying to remove.


Yes I agree! Made that mistake before. I tried using a drill with a wire wheel to make it "easy"


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sometimes freezing with dry ice or liquid nitrogen works wonders, with the correct PPL of course....

Some times new units are cheaper and less different appearing then "cleaned" original units f.u.B.a.r.ed.

Tell the owner the stains are like old tattoos, it shows the building is not as dumb as it used to be......(Patina) for our architectural friends, only if the owner doesn't have some nasty old Tatts drooling over their own skin.

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