BRICK CLEANING

HELP!!!...the vinyl shudders(reddish color) on our house (which have been on for about 12 yrs), have started to fade and the color (red ) is starting to run onto our bricks, which are a beige color..does anyone know why this would happen & how can I get the red color off the bricks without damaging the original color of them..Thanks..JOHN
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I don't really think that your vinyl beige shutters are bleeding red.
What type of fasteners are holding the shutters that have begun to rust?
CLR might help reduce the rust stains.
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How can paint be removed from brickwork?
As always, the wall should be thoroughly saturated with water before and after any cleaning application. Also, a small inconspicuous area of wall should be tested to confirm that any solutions used will not harm the brick.
Freshly applied paint can be removed with a solution of trisodium phosphate mixed with water at a rate of 2 lb. per gallon of water. Apply the solution to the brick; allow it to soften paint; and remove with scraper and stiff bristle brush. Proprietary chemical compounds are also available through local distributors to remove fresh paint.
Existing paint which has been in place for some time is more difficult to remove and may require using abrasive techniques with non-steel scrapers or sandblasting by a professional. Certain brick should not be sandblasted. Proprietary chemical compounds from local distributors in the form of a gel solvent may be necessary to soften existing paint. Numerous applications may be necessary depending on the number of paint layers. For additional information on removing paint from brickwork, see Technical Notes 20.
Can stains be removed from brickwork?
Most stains and discoloration can be removed from brickwork if the proper cleaning technique is employed. There are essentially two categories of stains; those which are externally applied to the wall and those which originate from within the wall. Those which come from within a wall may need additional investigation to prevent the stain from returning.
As always, it is important to thoroughly saturate a brick wall before application of any cleaning solution. As a general rule, acidic cleaning solutions should only be applied to red brick with no surface finish such as sand. Also, an inconspicuous area of the wall should be tested with any cleaning solution for compatibility prior to application on the entire wall. Any cleaning solutions should be thoroughly rinsed from the wall.
Most stains can be dealt with by thoroughly washing the wall with a common household or kitchen cleanser dissolved in water and applied to the wall with a stiff bristle brush. If this is ineffective, a poultice which dissolves the stain and pulls it into an inert material may be necessary. The inert material can be talc, whiting or fuller's earth while the solvent will vary based on the type of stain. Proprietary cleaning agents can also be employed to remove specific stains.
Sandblasting and pressure washing brickwork can also be options for certain brick when especially stubborn mortar or externally applied stains are involved. Bricks with coatings such as sand or slurry finishes should not be cleaned in this manner. Sandblasting and pressure washing should usually only be undertaken by a competent professional with experience. If improperly executed, either of these methods can permanently damage the brick. For more information on stain removal, see Technical Notes 20.
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Is it red brick or glazed brick. Red brick has color red all the way thru so any change in color would be temporary. You probably are seeing rust from bad hardware holding up shutter.

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Try regular paint remover , scrub it in and wash
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