Clean Fireplace Brick: How to Remove Paint

What You'll Need
Soy gel paint remover (Home improvement or paint store)
Putty knife
Wire brush
Plastic for floors/walls

If you have a fireplace brick that has been painted, you can remove the old paint easily. Products made of soy will remove layers of paint without having to use strong chemicals or a lot of effort. Here is how to use the product and the supplies you will need.

Step 1 - Preparation

You will want to be certain to remove any items sitting on your fireplace. The soy gel will harm drywall or plastic items, so use plastic to cover your floors and walls around the fireplace by taping it securely. This process is quite messy. After protecting the surrounding areas, you can apply the gel.

Step 2 - Application

Using the applicator that comes with the soy gel paint remover, apply it to your fireplace brick. Let it set for up to 30 minutes. You will see the paint start to wrinkle. Test it at various times by scraping with the putty knife to see if it has all lifted. When it has all lifted, remove the rest of the paint from the brick with the putty knife. If you have several layers of paint, you may have to repeat this process to remove all the layers. When the paint is all removed, you will want to clean the pores of the brick.

Step 3 - Clean pores

To clean the pores in the brick of leftover paint, use the wire brush briskly to get it out. This takes some elbow grease. After they are all clean, build a fire and enjoy your new natural brick fireplace!