I plan to seal the brick face of our new home with Thompsons
Multisurface Water Sealer. It is the local Home Depot brand of choice.
Anyone have any bad experiences (or good) with Thompsons? Is it decent
product, or all marketing?
Any warnings or recommendations regarding application? I expect it may
darken the brick some, but as long as it is uniform I can deal with it.
Never tried it, but Consumers Union says it is crap, compared to almost any
other brand. Why are you wishing to seal the brick? I always assumed brick
was meant to be left untreated, on exterior walls.
Thanks for the advice. I'll look deeper before spending my time
applying the stuff.
The brick absorbs water which will freeze in winter. This leads to
cracks and spalling. (or so I am told).
1st thompsons is no longer being tested at Consumer Reports because it
is Crap. Second, look at 1000 yr old structures in Europe, they are
fine without Any sealer, look at an old building , it may still be OK
and has never been sealed.
Don't know how Thompson's would work, but I used ACE SealTech water
based waterproofing sealer on a brand new brick patio and path last
summer. It did not change the color of the bricks where it was applied.
There was a couple of bricks where we missed in application and those
bricks look the same as the sealed ones, except they get darker than the
sealed ones when it rains. It went through winter, with snow laying on
it for weeks at a time, and one of the wettest springs and summers in
years here in NY, and it is still working. I would suppose that it would
last even longer on a vertical brick surface.
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