Stone, Brick and Render Paint Removal, Paint Stripping and Best Paint Strippers and Removers in London, Manchester, Birmingham and Across the UK

Most people have come across methylated spirits or paint stripper at some point when decorating their home. It’s brutal on the skin and smells terrible. This is why we offer to remove paint ourselves, because it’s unpleasant without the proper tools.

Paint stripping is imperative both inside and outside buildings. There’s no point repainting a building if the old colour will just show through, so taking things back to a neutral base layer is a good starting point. It’s increasingly popular to have exposed brick inside houses, and removing the paint and plaster is a good way to see the ‘bones’ of the building and achieve a more rustic, simple look, and it reduces future maintenance costs by reducing trapped moisture and preventing mold. So, if you’re repainting or going for bare walls, paint removal is crucial.

Removing paint from the outside of buildings can be pretty straightforward. First, the paint stripper is applied to liquidate the paint. Then the building is pressure washed with water to rinse the paint away. This may need to be repeated a number of times to make sure the paint is all fully gone, and the water will need to be cleaned properly to prevent stains on the surrounding areas. Finally, the building should be chemically cleaned to get rid of any dirt, pollution or mould that has accumulated.

Removing paint from the inside of buildings is more difficult. If you’re working with a carpeted area or somewhere where the floors are ‘complete’ and don’t need any modification, you’ll need to take steps to protect them- this will usually take the form of plastic sheeting. Even so, you can’t use too much water or any other liquid that might seep into the carpet and damage or stain it. There are other options, including pastes that are applied to the area, covered and left for a few days. They can then be removed with a wallpaper scraper and the remnants of the paint can be removed with a drill with a wire brush attachment and just a standard scrubbing brush and a little bit of water.

Specialist paint removal solutions for façades & structures

We test, prove and deliver the most effective and paint removal methods

Removing paint is complex and high risk if detailed pre project investigations are not completed. Understanding the type of paint, number of layers and removal techniques is essential. Our solutions are aligned BS 8221-1:2012: Cleaning and surface repair of buildings.

We provide sympathetic building restoration solutions in line with the philosophy of Historic England, utilising a wide variety of methods to provide the best paint removal solutions. Layers of paint that have been applied over the years to freshen up the façade can hide a multitude of sins; the paint will, over time, weaken the masonry until it becomes soft and begins to crumble and fail.

Older buildings (painted 40+ years ago) may be coated with lead-based paint which means that you will need to consider the safety and environmental impact of removing it.  We use specialist paint testing kits which allow you to gauge the lead levels before deciding on a course of action. The key to a successful paint removal project lies in pre-project testing, building an understanding of what methods are required. Issues such as dwell times, pressures, temperatures and flow rates and how these factors work together to soften, break down and remove the paint are essential. Working with minimal intervention and utilising methods and techniques that are aligned with the building’s history and future performance needs, conservation and sustainability are at the heart of what we do.

Chemical and aggregate based internal & external paint removal

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Demonstrations will allow you to see how various methods work and how they will impact the building façade. Avoiding chemical/blasting methods is essential if you want to preserve the patina of your masonry. It may seem to be a cheaper, more instant method but it will more than likely significantly damage the building façade.

Building Transformation can provide a full building envelope refurbishment service for both façades and roofs,  from detailed façade investigations, façade and paint removal test trials, cleaning methods, paint removal testing and methods approval, listed building planning content and liaison with conservation for all relevant method approvals, masonry repointing, stucco / façade repairs and redecoration, from the roof down to the ground. The paint removal methods need to be agreed, there must be a clear understanding that methods must be built up and a clear focus on retaining the integrity of the facade behind.

We specialise in stone cleaning, paint removal and façade refurbishment services:

  • Façade steam cleaning and restoration: Super-heated steam, Nebulus and poultice cleaning
  • Specialist sensitive cleaning for stone, brick and masonry
  • Removal of carbon, effluence staining, organic matter, pollution and salt leaching
  • Paint removal on building façades
  • Masonry, concrete and façade repairs
  • Traditional roofing and leadwork, using slate and lead
  • Installation of traditional rainwater and guttering systems
  • Sash window repair and decoration
  • Installation of internal lime plasters and renders
  • Specialist decorations such as gilding and limewashing
  • Bespoke waste management solutions
  • Roof leak detection and integrity testing

Here at Building Transformation we take a proactive approach to every paint removal project, ensuring we manage all expectations at every stage of a project and provide a solution that fits for purpose. We attend a full inspection and site meeting to understand why you want to remove paint and how you envisage the outcome. Visual inspections are undertaken with you, the client (or architect/conservation officer), where we look for weaknesses, spalling/failure of masonry and agree a testing location. If your building is suitable for paint removal, we will then discuss methods, risks and possible outcomes to ensure that we are in agreement about the most appropriate options. Extensive testing is undertaken to enable us to ascertain the best combination for the desired outcome.

We use the most appropriate access solution to suit your needs, installing scaffolding, using abseiling and rope access or MEWPS to manage our projects safely. We also take a proactive approach to environmental and waste management, providing you with options and choice to restore your building with minimal impact.

At Building Transformation, we love restoring, exposing and maintaining building fabric, it’s our job to ensure we play our part in helping to restore buildings with maximum sensitivity to the façade and surrounding built environment. Contact us for an initial consultation and discover how we can help on your future project.



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