Site Specific Paint Removal Solutions for Internal and External Stone, Brick, Concrete and Timber
From building façades and old mills to museums and private properties we have experience in successfully testing and removing paint from building fabrics whilst retaining the integrity of the masonry. Removing paint isn’t an easy task, with multiple types and layers of paint historically applied, detailed pre-project testing and trials are required to determine the best solution, products and methods to help remove, restore and preserve the building fabric once the paint has been removed. When detailed pre-project investigations are not completed, paint removal can be fraught with risk and difficulties. Understanding the type of paint, number of layers, removal techniques and waste management requirements are essential in designing the appropriate solution. We employ a wide variety of paint removal techniques to remove the paint, designed to suit the built environment and onsite requirements. Call today for a more in depth overview of our approach or book a test trial.
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.
Our 21st Century approach drives all our activities; we help future proof the built environment and property investments.
Specialist, tailor made paint removal solutions for stone, brick & concrete
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. Paint testing kits are available off the shelf, but we generally do not advocate anything other than extensive pre-project testing in order to achieve the best results possible. We work in line with the philosophy of English Heritage and Historic England, helping period properties and historic buildings live into the 21st Century. 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.
The key to a successful paint removal project lies in the preparation, and any pre-project testing will enable you to build an understanding of the following:
- Method selection, paint softeners, dwell times, aggregate use, pressures, temperatures and
flow rates and how these factors can work together to soften, break down and
remove the paint with minimal damage to the substrate.
- Demonstrations will allow you to see how various methods work and how they will impact the
- 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
We specialise in the following façade restoration and refurbishment services for commercial, listed and period properties
- Façade steam cleaning and restoration: Super-heated steam, Nebulous, aggregate, poultice and
- Brick, stone repairs and repointing.
- Paint removal on building façades.
- Masonry, concrete façade repairs and expansion joints.
- 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.
Here at Building Transformation we take a proactive approach to every paint removal project, scheduling a full inspection and site meeting to understand why you want to remove paint and how you envisage the outcome. A visual inspection is then 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 whereby 3-6 methods will be tested, followed by a variety of steam clean pressures/temperatures. This will enable us to ascertain the best combination for the desired outcome. We are conservation driven in our philosophy and approach to masonry cleaning and building restoration. “Conservation is the process of managing change to a significant place or building, how best to maintain its values, whilst recognising opportunities to reveal or reinforce these values for present and future generations.” (Conservation Principles, Policies and Guidance 2015).
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