One of the previous owners used some sort of paint on shutters and exterior lights that degraded over the years bled off onto the brick below.
The brick has some stain pattern that most days its not a glaring defect.
We recently decided to replace the light fixtures with black colored ones, and to paint the shutters black. I replaced the lights and the defect now stands out.
Did the paint chaulk over time from the sun?
Can this be cleaned off somehow?
I have read pressure washing brick breaks down the surface of the brick causing it to crumble from winter freeze and thaws.
Is the only solution to replace the brick?