black soot on fireplace brick

Old 11-09-09, 07:07 AM
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black soot on fireplace brick

I have recently purchased this house that has black soot stain on the fireplace brick. Does anyone have any ideas on what to do about it? I have tried several cleaners and none seem to work.

I was considering painting it but that kind of scares me as I can't really picture what it would look like.
Another option I was thinking of granite tile over the brick.. any ideas?
Old 11-10-09, 09:37 PM
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dry chemical sponge may work...dont know how long they would last over the rough surface...i have seen some brick and mantles painted together...some painting website have a virtual room you can see the colors in...or get small containers of colors you like and just test it out
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Besides the dry sponge,which does work reasonably well,there are specific cleaners for fireplaces,etc.

If you do decide to paint you must still deal with the soot before painting as the soot will effect paint adhesion and may bleed through.You will need to prime first with a stain blocking primer and best to use oil based for better adhesion.You will also need to remove soot for tile as the soot may impact the adhesive's ability to bond to the surface.In both cases it wouldn't have to be perfect but loose surface material has to be removed.

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