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Removing ivy remains from a wall?

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Hi Folks,

Having removed some creeping ivy which was getting out of hand from a painted wall, I'm left with brown trails of furry remains on the wall. It looks awful, but seems to be almost impossible to remove. Any suggestions?

The only way I have found is to use a blowlamp and burn it off, but it's incredibly time consuming and spoils the paint.

Thanks for any help,

Martin.

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VIDEO: How to Remove Ivy from a House

In this video, This Old House landscape contractor Roger Cook explains how to remove ivy from a house. http://www.thisoldhouse.com/toh/video/0,,1631583,00.html

Steps:

1 Gently pull ivy from house.

2 When necessary, cut stubborn ivy from house with hand pruner.

3 Scrape siding to remove dead branches and dried leaves.

4 Sand the siding with orbital sander to remove stubborn ivy stains and residue.

5 Cut the ivy stems close to ground with loppers.

6 Collect ivy and stuff into plastic trash bags.

7 In spring, brush herbicide onto leaves of ivy stem to kill plant.

Also....

I very successfully used SBK Brushwood Killer to get rid of ivy on an old wall a few years back. Mix it with paraffin and paint it on. Pretty tedious work! Have a feeling I read somewhere that the chemical formulation had been changed in the light of EC regulations... but maybe I imagined that - http://chat.allotment.org.uk/index.php?topic=13613.0

http://www.whatprice.co.uk/gardening/ivy.html#RemoveWalls

Hope this helps ?

G-B

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VIDEO: How to Remove Ivy from a House

In this video, This Old House landscape contractor Roger Cook explains how to remove ivy from a house. http://www.thisoldhouse.com/toh/video/0,,1631583,00.html

Also....

I very successfully used SBK Brushwood Killer to get rid of ivy on an old wall a few years back. Mix it with paraffin and paint it on. Pretty tedious work! Have a feeling I read somewhere that the chemical formulation had been changed in the light of EC regulations... but maybe I imagined that - http://chat.allotment.org.uk/index.php?topic=13613.0

http://www.whatprice.co.uk/gardening/ivy.html#RemoveWalls

Hi Eddie, G-B,

Many thanks for the ideas. My problem is that the wall (siding) is painted with masonry paint. So scraping and orbital sanding is going to mean a repaint. I was hoping to avoid that. :(

cheers,

Martin.

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When researching this a few weeks ago I learnt that it was better to cut the ivy stems down by the main trunk/root and leave them to die a bit then they pull off the wall a lot cleaner. Bit late for you now though, and me too as I had already ripped almost all of it off.

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Only last October, I had to remove ivy from a house wall, which was unpainted roughcast and had to spend hours up a ladder, using a scraper and painstakingly removing as much of the flat furry remains of the vine, which eventually came away, but the process took a few days and I can think of more enjoyable ways to spend my time.

However, where it was on the painted woodwork of the window frames, I was forced to use an electric blowtorch and burn the paint off, followed by using an electric sander, stripping it back to the bare wood.

I know that you don't want to go down the route of using acid paint removers, such as nitromors and wire brushing, but it maybe your only option, which of course then means repainting the wall. But it may Bbe the only option.

Otherwise you could ask a decorator round to look at it give a quote and pick his brains, as to how he'd remove the ivy ?

G-B

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