Paint Removal

Paint Removal Experts

It’s essential to find a paint removal expert who inspires confidence to bring your project to satisfactory completion at the right price. CPL prides itself in cleaning brickwork to remove all sorts of masonry paint including oil based paint, solvent based paint which contains chemicals and cement based paint. To do this we start by doing a discounted test clean to establish what type of paint was used on your property.

Redecorating the outside of your property: Preparation of a building surface before paint removal is essential for a good lasting finish. Cleaning brickwork must include the removal of loose and peeling masonry and oil based paint.
Exposing the original brick work, beams, render or cornices: It’s important to ensure that the paint removal process does not affect the glaze on the surface of bricks. If bricks are damaged, moisture can get into the bricks and cause spalling.  Therefore, it’s not a good idea to use mechanical tools or grinders like a needle gun when cleaning brickwork.
CPL uses the DOFF, TORC system, which was designed and developed to effectively remove rubberised masonry paint, oil based and cement based paint without causing harm or shock to the substrate of the building.

“At CPL our motto is: It’s not the individual sale but the long-term relationship we target… giving customers what they want in terms of the process and also the outcome at the right price.” (Wilfred Charles, CPL Managing Director)

We use the Doff cleaning method for paint removal

The Health and Safety Executive has banned or restricted the use of the more aggressive paint removal products. This has made the stripping of horrible plastic "masonry paint" which covers a lot of old houses, almost impossible. But high temperature, high pressure steam which is the doff cleaning method has provided an effective and environmentally friendly solution.
The use of mechanical systems like needle guns for cleaning brickwork has been limited under health and safety regulation to no more than half an hour per day per operator.
They are recognised for use on listed buildings.

What makes CPL the best?

  • Free, no obligation, quote.
  • Quick turnaround.
  • We organise council approvals and permits.
  • Discounted test cleans to find the best product, technique and set the quality standard for the clean.
  • Detailed risk assessments and method statement provided before the work starts, available upon request.
  • Experienced, trained staff have full accreditations including, PASMA, IPAF, and Stonehealth.
  • Approved contractor of the BDMA.
  • Constructionline and SafeContractor accredited.
  • Adequate insurance for any size of project.
  • We work well with surveyors, builders and architects.

We offer a professional service with a quick turnaround to minimise disruption and keep your project on track.

No matter how big or small your paint removal project is, CPL does it all.

We provide only the highest quality, professional paint removal services in the South East of England. We specialise in every type of paint removal from water based paint, oil based paint, solvent based masonry paint to cement based paint and 1950s rubberised paint that’s used outside because it’s waterproof. The problem with this old 1950s masonry paint is that it traps the moisture and the walls don’t breathe which makes cleaning brickwork more difficult.

Most modern exterior wall paints are water based and micro porous which means these have an acrylic binder and let any moisture trapped in the surface, evaporate. Rubberised paint and solvent based masonry paint often applied in the 1950s is harder wearing making this kind of paint removal more difficult.

Commercial Paint removal

  • A Needle gun is banned for cleaning brickwork because operating one can cause white finger if the gun vibrates too much.
  • The Health and Safety Executive has therefore limited use of the needle gun to 30 minutes per day, even for experienced senior technicians.
  • Using a needle gun will result in a bad finish and may damage the brickwork and the substrate of the building.
  • Most old masonry paint inlcuding rubberised paint from the 1950s contain toxins that are harmful to humans and animals and can cause cancer. This makes safe paint removal complex.

Domestic DIY paint removal

  • Rubberised paint was invented in the 1950s and is a toxic product that irritates and burns skin. It can cause cancer. This means paint removal from the outside of houses must be done by experienced cleaning technicians.
  • Experts like CPL wear personal protective equipment (PPE) as defined by the Health and Safety Executive.
  • CPL uses state of the art, industrial equipment that is regularly checked for mechanical faults.
  • It’s extremely time consuming to remove masonry paint from buildings, particularly if it’s solvent based paint or toxic rubberised paint that was invented in the 1950s.      
  • We strip fireplaces inside properties and other areas of the home.

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