These pages show an Edwardian house losing its coating. There will be a further stage for repointing and replacing damaged bricks.
The pictures below show the progress of the project.
The story is continued...
This project presents a typical conundrum; the original problem was serious but localised damp, and an inappropriate 'look' to the house. Without the damp, the best approach would have been to allow the paint to erode over time, protecting any exposed wall with a lime-based paint. With the damp problem, the balance of the debate shifts. If the pebble-dash render had been unpainted, it would have been best to open up cracks and fill them with a lime mortar. The paint tipped the argument in favour of the more invasive and destructive approach adopted; full-scale removal and re-rendering. In the case of an architecturally unique building, a more cautious approach would still be favoured.
On chemical stripping, the conclusion is that it can be very effective. Provided the correct chemicals are used and the pressure washer operator is careful, minimal damage should be caused to the brickwork. If you think this method would suit your own project, follow these tips: