Removing Paint From Sandstone Fireplace

Old 04-30-07, 05:44 AM
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Removing Paint From Sandstone Fireplace

I have an 8'X12' sandstone fireplace surround that some knucklehead painted some years ago and has since been painted again at least twice. The sandstone "bricks" vary in size from 4"X30" to 1/2"X12". The mortar joints are inset approx. 1/2 ". I would like to get this paint off in an efficient manner. Do I have to use strippers? Can it be media blasted (baking soda, walnut shells, etc.)? If it must be stripped, what's the best way to get mortar joints stripped? Any suggestions/things to watch out for would be appreciated.

Old 04-30-07, 06:01 AM
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I've never heard of anyone removing paint from sandstone. Blasting might be the most efficent way but containing the mess would be a major job. I don't know how well strippers will work because of the porous nature of the stone and the mortar.
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I know of no strippers that will work

Usually reclaiming old brick inside is best done by water/media combo blasting
Not a DIY type job...nor something I do either
I could recommend it for brick, but I'm unsure about your specific fireplace

I'd look for a pro (blaster) and ask their opinion on the sandstone

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