what to use to protect exterior brick work

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40 posts in 4008 days

07-26-2008 04:26 AM

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What do you use to protect your exterior brick work. We need to protect our brick work from the weather. We have tried thompson’s but hope to find a better product.



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07-31-2008 04:38 AM

Well… I found a review on your Thompsons sealer (that wasn’t good). But, I can’t find a review on any other sealers. I would stay with a high quality masonry sealer. I stopped using Thompsons on anything because the quality has been terrible.

-- --Steve

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08-02-2008 05:21 PM

They say that the Great Wall in China has tung oil on it. I thinking of trying it on a section of the rock wall on my house. Guess you may have to wait a while before I can give you a report.

-- Tim

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08-02-2008 06:16 PM

The Great Wall has been standing for a while. Hope your rock wall is as well protected.

I haven’t actually seen the wall, but my Brother has. I will ask him if he knows about it and also how it looks TODAY. If he has any info on this, I will get back to you.

Thanks for your idea. It’s certainly is worth exploring.


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08-08-2008 10:39 PM

I am with Tim, i would have said Tungoil too. I read this on a website:
Stone or brick fireplaces can be easier to clean by applying a finish of penetrating sealer which contains tung oil. This is moisture resistant and forms a tough coating which can be washed with soap and water.
But you might wanna wait for Tim’s comments….

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08-08-2008 10:55 PM

Thanks PaBull. I did a quick google search tung oil great wall provides some interesting reading for those of us with a lot of idle time.

I am interested in seeing how Tim’s application goes.


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08-09-2008 06:11 PM

“idle time” yup, eleven kids, a nursery with 20 empleyees, building a 5000 sq ft house, “idle time” I have a hard time spelling it.

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08-09-2008 07:27 PM

I did not intend to offend you. If so, my apologies.


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08-09-2008 10:00 PM

oh no, Dalec, not at all, i was just thinking up loud what “idle time” would mean for me.

I hope your brick sealing project is coming along.

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08-09-2008 10:36 PM

I started with Lumber Jocks nearly a year ago and subscribed to homerefurbers after that. What I appreciate from both sites is the helpfulness of the members and effort by all to keep the discussions constructive and cordial.

I am relieved that you were not offended.


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694 posts in 3954 days

08-10-2008 01:53 AM

I am so sorry about how I expressed myself, I should have kept it for myself. I just got back from a 2 week vacation with my kids (9 of them, 2 stayed home), driving 12 hrs straight with the motorhome from San Diego to the redwoods just north of San Francisco. Now a week back home work and home and building the house was getting a little overwelming. I should not have unloaded here.

Actually I liked your forum toppic. And I work a lot with Tung oil in my house AND Tim showed a front door as a project with 8 or 9 coats of Tung Oil.

Keep it up please!!!

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09-13-2011 05:36 AM

I’m a little late to the party, but use tried and true Z-Sealer from the Z-Brick company. It is sold in all Menards stores (upper Midwest) and can be ordered at any ACE or Do It Best or TrueValue nationwide. Z-Sealer is a low gloss moisture sealer for all masonry interior and exterior. Been around for 40+ years…

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09-22-2011 08:39 PM

The autumnal equinox is a good time of year to start thinking about preparing your home for winter, because the temperatures begin to dip, your home will require maintenance to keep in shape during the winter.

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09-23-2011 02:12 AM

proper brickwork and mortar does not need any sealers. in fact, sealers wills prevent the mortar and brick from breathing and in a below freezing environment can cause cracks and blowouts. if you seal the brick and mortar, any moisture that gets in, will have a hard time getting out.

-- caring costs nothing

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09-23-2011 06:47 PM

Z-Sealer and all other sealers work very well in protecting all brick installations from excessive moisture and also makes maintenance (cleaning) much easier. Sealers generally provide a low gloss look as well that some clients prefer—just make certain bricks and mortar are fully cured before applying any sealer.  Most are not totally impervious so as to allow the products (stone/bricks/and veneers) underneath them to breathe making freezing a non-issue.

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10-31-2013 06:49 AM

Protecting exterior brickwork is a great way to prevent water seeping into the your exterior wall and damaging the brickwork of your home. An exterior water seal delivers invisible protection against water damage. It travels deep into exterior dry porous surfaces to form a breathable membrane that allows moisture vapour inside the substrate to evaporate whilst protecting against water penetration and damage.

-- Stephen Andy, USA, http://www.ServiceGarageDoors.us/

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07-03-2016 10:32 PM

When you want to protect your bricks, why can you not put the bricks in the home or just put a special resin on the outside of the bricks to protect them, such as how there are transparent paper covers to protect paper?

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05-16-2018 03:48 PM

Hey, I agree that tung oil would be very effective at keeping your brick wall protected. I hope the project went smoothly! :)

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