Removing Paint from Concrete

Removing paint from concrete can be difficult. Whether you are removing old paint on a concrete porch and stairs or graffiti on a wall, there are several methods you can try. This is a guide about removing paint from concrete.

Old wooden ladder leaning against a concrete wall with painted designs.
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Can anyone recommend a home remedy to remove or at least fade and make less noticeable white spray painted words on my concrete steps? They are not "bad" words, thank goodness, lol, but it does make the exterior of my home trashy-looking. I've tried bleach and Goof-Off for Graffiti. Any suggestions? I will try! Thanks.

By phillygal70

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I do not know how you would remove paint, so I would paint over it. I believe the only way to remove it properly would be with sandblasting.

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I was painting my kitchen chairs outside and put newspapers around so the paint wouldn't stain the cement but there are a few drops here and there. Is there something that can take it out?


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I have found that using nail polish remover for Wood Fence small spot stains using a bit of elbow grease can remove these from a sealed coloured driveway.

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I painted my front concrete porch a few years ago. I would like to now take the paint off, but don't know what to use? Could you help out?

By Frank from Coatesville, PA

Removing Paint From Concrete

Have your concrete power washed and see how that works. If it doesn't come off completely, try a biodegradeable chemical paint remover. (06/13/2010)

By rrboling

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How can I remove old paint from a driveway?

By Jim from TN

Removing Paint From Concrete

Sand blasting is the cleanest, cheapest, and fastest way. Many rental companies rent sand blasters or you can hire it done. It requires no chemicals and you only sweep to clean it up. (10/27/2009)

By mom-from-missouri

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How do you remove paint from a concrete driveway?

Tom from Sun City, AZ

Removing Paint From Concrete

You can purchase a rubbing stone from a hardware store. They are used in smoothing rough concrete. If you have a painted concrete slab and want to repair warn or flaking spots, rent a concrete grinder and it will remove scaling paint and bonded paint. Then follow the instructions for proper etching/sealer and then apply a new coat of colored topcoat. Most people forget to read the prep instructions until the hard work they have done fails to last. (03/26/2008)

By Steve

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I attempted to remove very old paint from my concrete steps with a pressure washer with very little success. I only have one or two coats of paint to remove, and the paint has even worn off in places just from age. However, I increased the pressure on the nozzle as much as I could without damaging the concrete, but still only a very small amount of paint came off.

Am I doing something wrong or is there a better method to remove paint from the concrete, like paint remover or some other chemical? I should add that these steps have a rough not smooth texture to the concrete. Please help! Thank you!

Truerblue from PA

Removing Paint From Concrete

You might try calling a paint store or a concrete place if you don't find an answer on here that works. Good luck (06/29/2007)

By jillian357

Removing Paint From Concrete

My guess would be that the pressure of the washer isn't strong enough to take the paint off. Most of the home-type pressure washers aren't strong enough to take anything major off of anything. We had one and it didn't work well at all.

We purchased a new industrial strength washer last year and trust me, if you aren't careful, you'll be pointing at wood/concrete one sec and air the next. lol It will eat it up quick. Paint is gone in a few seconds no matter what it's on. (06/29/2007)

By Bama_Jypsy1

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