Exposing a stone wall

#1
Hi
I’m wanting to expose a stone wall in my kitchen. The property is a converted granary from the 1800s. Unfortunately the stone seems to be coated with some sort of paint, render or plaster. Does anyone know what it is and how to remove it.
 
#2
sand blast it...
 
#3
Hi
I’m wanting to expose a stone wall in my kitchen. The property is a converted granary from the 1800s. Unfortunately the stone seems to be coated with some sort of paint, render or plaster. Does anyone know what it is and how to remove it.
Pictures might help? Is the stone worth exposing? If it is nice dressed stone, it might be worth doing.If however it is random ragstone and other rubbish, painting it might look better.
as for sand blasting, it will probably work, but the sand gets everywhere,no matter how well you think you have sealed off the kitchen!
 

greyfergie

MIA
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#6
I've seen sandblasting work, but as mentioned its hugely messy and will take an age to clean up. Depending on the 'mortar' used as well, it can 'dig out' the cement between the joints very quickly.
 
#7
Explosives.
 
#10
Two hundred odd years old, leave well alone. You could open a whole can of worms, things falling out or down. Build up a 'face' of similar stone, it's not new, all stone is millions old.


CFB
 
#13
200 years old... lead-based paint, anthrax-impregnated horse-hair-reinforced plaster, asbestos-reinforced render...

Have you considered facing it with some nice plasterboard?
 

Legs

ADC
Book Reviewer
#15
If it's paint: Wire brush.
If it's render or plaster: Lump hammer and chisel, followed by wire brush.

For both: Decent dust mask and protective eye-wear.
 
#16
200 years old... lead-based paint, anthrax-impregnated horse-hair-reinforced plaster, asbestos-reinforced render...

Have you considered facing it with some nice plasterboard?
Seal half the room [leave working area ] with polythene sheet, wear protective clothing plus face mask,
clean up as you go along, use vacuum cleaner on the dust, use water spray to keep the air just damp
 
#17
200 years old... lead-based paint, anthrax-impregnated horse-hair-reinforced plaster, asbestos-reinforced render...

Have you considered facing it with some nice plasterboard?
I've given up mentioning the dangers of asbestos, it turn out that everybody who works with it knows better and is immune to the effects.
 

Joshua Slocum

LE
Book Reviewer
#18
They dont use sand for blasting very much now, too many problems with silica
usually they use things like ground down nuts
but in construction there are many firms specialising in cleaning stone work
otherwise its hammer and chisel and rotary wire brush
ie lots of hard work cuts and burns

you could try wire brushing it and steam cleaning it first though
 

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