Our plan for the building was to strip the brick of all paint, and leave it natural red.
We chose this due to the damage that paint causes to soft clay brick during Michigan’s freeze/thaw cycles. Bringing the building back down to natural brick will allow the brick to breathe; and prevent constant deterioration and the need to patch and re-paint every few years.
We hired Lenco Painting – a local contractor. Step 1 was a light power wash with low pressure so as to not damage the brick that was still in decent shape.