Can you recommend a good product for stopping an old brick interior chimney from powdering and dusting - and to make the brick look beautiful and shiny?
My wife and I just bought a hundred year old house in Oklahoma City that was renovated inside. One of the features that was chosen as a showcase was an interior brick chimney that rises through the middle of the entire house, on both floors. It's a 2' X 2' chimney, obviously used for heating at some point, with a round hole on each floor where some sort of directional device for heat was placed. It's actually quite a nice architectural feature - with the exception of the fact that the hundred year old red brick powders and crumbles a little when you touch it, and it makes a dusty mess on the floor. It doesn't crumble in huge chunks or anything, and the mortar is still hard, but it is a mess when it powders on the floor.
I have done some research on masonry sealant and that type of product - I'm looking to add some sort of finish to this brick chimney to stop the crumbling and powdering/dusting, and to add a nice medium shine to it. My first instinct (since I am well versed in scenic painting and general construction/paint and finish types) would be to add some sort of clear polycrylic to it. Is there a product that would give the effects and solutions that I desire to this chimney? Once this process is completed, I know that it will look stellar - I just need help finding the right product.
So far, I have found this UGL product
, this Quikrete product
, which actually might give too much of a shine, and this Behr product.
Should I consider some sort of Poly Acrylic product, or a urethane product? Is there something that I am completely missing here?
Thanks in advance!