What to Do with Z-Brick?

Consider these ways to update z-brick in your home.

brick fireplace

I would strongly suggest you clean what is there and paint it. Tearing it off will create a good deal more work and covering it will be nearly impossible.  Painted brickwork can really look nice, I like what you are describing with the glossy black.  I've done this recently with some chimney areas. As you said the key will be to clean it well.  I would advise TSP (tri-sodium phosphate) and a soft bristle brush to scrub it well, then a good masonry primer.  Your best bet is to go to where the Pro's shop, a real paint store.  Tell them what you want to do and they can get you the right stuff including a thick roller to better cover all the masonry.

How to Paint a Brick Fireplace

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