LESLIE: Janet in New York is dealing with my biggest pet peeve – painted bricks. Tell us about it.
JANET: Yes, we bought this house and the brick on the front of the house is painted white and we got a power washer and we powerwashed most of it off. Now there are some little flecks left on the brick and also under the overhang the paint didn’t come off; because I guess it wasn’t weathered enough. Is there anything that I can do to get the paint that’s under the overhang off? Is there anything chemical I can use?
TOM: Yeah, have you tried any of the stripping products yet?
JANET: We tried this foam stuff that you put on and then you put a plastic sheet over it and you’re supposed to let it sit for 24 to 48 hours. And it took some of it off but there must be several layers. It seemed like it took one layer off but there’s still more underneath it.
TOM: Well, look, there’s nothing easy about stripping paint but what I would recommend you try is a paint stripper called Citristrip …
TOM: … which is at Citristrip.com and there’s only one “s” in that. So it’s Citristrip.com. It’s a safer formula. It removes paint, it removes varnish and it can really get the house ready for a new look. So I would give that a shot. It’s a good product; works very well and hopefully it’ll get off the rest of that brick.
JANET: OK, thank you very much.
TOM: You’re welcome, Janet. Thanks so much for calling us at 888-MONEY-PIT.