Frequently asked questions about brick tinting
Is there a minimum area that you will tint?
No, we can tint any area large or small but for smaller areas we will charge a day rate.
Can I see a sample before tinting is carried out?
Yes, we will need you to approve the sample before work can be carried out.
We tint a small area without applying any fixing agent, once you have signed off the match we will apply the fixing agent.
Can you tint any brick?
If the brick is made of clay and is clean, dry, and capable of absorbing the water-based tint then it should be fine.
The tint will not absorb to a wet brick or if it has been painted, sealed or treated with a waterproof agent. Any bricks that have been used for paving, landscaping or in horizontal surfaces should not be tinted.
Does tinting give an extra layer of protection to the brick?
When we tint, we are only changing the colour of the brick. Any previous durability properties the brick had before tinting remain the same.
Can you tint over cement and mortar stains?
Yes, tinting is perfect for this application.
Will tinting remove efflorescence?
No, efflorescence is the result of soluble salts that have migrated from within the brickwork as a result of becoming saturated and then drying out. Ideally, brickwork that has efflorescence should be left until the salts have naturally weathered away before being tinted.
In exceptional circumstances, any salts may be dry-brushed from the surface prior to tinting, but the brickwork may continue to show signs of efflorescence after tinting. We would not recommend brick tinting as a cure for this phenomenon.
How long does brick tinting last for?
Unlike paint which coats the surface of the brick, the layers of tint we apply are absorbed into the brick becoming permanently stained. Over time the tint will naturally weather the same as an untreated brick
What measures have you put in place to comply with the Health & Safety regulations?
All Tint Doctor operatives are CSCS card holders and they will adhere to any and all Health & Safety regulations.
We also have operatives that are IPAF and PASMA trained. Risk Assessments, Method Statements and COSHH are available from the office on request.
Can you tint below DPC?
Yes, as long as the surface of the brick is porous enough tint can be applied. This means any exposed areas such as those affected by ground water can be tinted. Although the natural weathering process can be accelerated in highly exposed areas.
Click on the image to see the before and after photographs of brick tinting.