What to do with brick after removing aluminum siding

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Old 08-01-12, 04:39 PM
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What to do with brick after removing aluminum siding

Hello,
I have a 100+ year old house in Michigan. We removed the aluminum siding that was on 1x3's and are now wondering what to do with the holes in the bricks that were left behind from the masonry nails. Other than the nail holes, the bricks and mortar look in good shape. Should I not worry about the holes? or should they be filled with something? replaced?

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Nate
 
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Old 08-01-12, 06:23 PM
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Welcome to the forums! Such a shame to have sided brick, but it happens. Removing the cut nails may be a challenge. You can buy concrete tint from one of the big box stores in the concrete section. Get some concrete patch, mix the red tint (very little) until it closely matches the brick, and spackle it in. It isn't a perfect solution, but it will help with water infiltration, should you have any chance of it.
 
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Old 08-01-12, 06:51 PM
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Have you considered just doing a parge coat or stucco over the whole thing? Tinted mixes will tend to fade over time and then you'll have freckles all over it.

I'd be temped to just fill the bad spots with a mortar and leave them as is. Maybe even smear some on places that don't need it to break up the pattern? I know I've seen places that have a blotchy sorta look...and with the right style house it fits in well.
 
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