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Question posted - December 18 to December 23, 2016:

Do you need to wait for the mortar to cure before repainting a brick surface after repointing and power-tool cleaning? If so, how long, and how do you judge when it is safe?

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From Warren Brand of Chicago Coatings Group on December 21, 2016:
It depends on the type of mortar and paint. There are systems which are designed to go "wet on wet." You  need to check the data sheets of both the mortar and the paint.

From Wayne Yancey of CallisonRTKL on December 20, 2016:
Wait 7 days.

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