The is my first post so apologies if this sounds like a daft question....we have just bought a semi built in 1932 which needs the pointing reparied where a lean to has been removed. The pointing is quite pale and not soft but slightly sandy when you rub it. I would like to use pre-mix mortar if possible to keep it simple but have two questions - can you buy a 'softer' mortar rather than the usual B&Q packs and can you get it in a lighter colour? If you can't buy this pre-mixed what would the ratio/mix be?
Also need to remove paint where the lean to has been - any suggestions how to do this without damaging the bricks?
Apologies if this has already been covered on the site - have searched previous post but can't find anything relating to this.
Would appreciate any help - want to make a decent job of it.