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Removing Paint from Concrete

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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.


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April 13, 2015

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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April 15, 20150 found this helpful

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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April 3, 20170 found this helpful

You can try a chemical called Berrymans B12 carb, choke and parts cleaner it works great on overspray of vehicles! I had once used it to remove grafiti from my Dads 79 elcamino and again on my 2005 Silverado when I ran over a spray can on the road same principal but different surface for your application just spray it directly onto the painted surface and with a wire brush work it in the porous surface and be ready to wipe away the dissolved paint with an old towel or papertowels careful not to let it contact your skin or eyes though not very toxic but (by experience) in eyes will cause great discomfort until the drying effect wears off and on skin yes guilty as charged only dries your skin and makes it very cold other than that it is only flamable so again use caution not to use around any open flames or ignotion sources until evaporated! On automotive paint or painted surfaces you will need a protectant wax to use immediately following the removal because the clear coat after using the parts cleaner will be stripped away leaving very little protection to the paint the wax will be the protective barrier that once protected the paint to start with. Worse case scenerio you have to wax your vehicle weekly or bi-weekly but hey worth saving a new paintjob cost!

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September 11, 20050 found this helpful

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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July 3, 20060 found this helpful

How can i clean my patio, with things i already have around the house.""""

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July 3, 20060 found this helpful

Spirit of Salts contains hydrochloric acid should clean your patio. It is an EXTREMELY DANGEROUS CORRSIVE FLUID.

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July 12, 20080 found this helpful

I bought a pumice scouring stick at the 99 cent store, it says it will remove paint from cement,tile & masonry . Also it says will remove rust from garden tools. Cleans: ceramic tile,porcelain,masonry,concrete & Iron. Restores tools,pools and barbeques." Unexcelled for removing," Baked on food,grease and carbon build ups in ovens grills and iron cookware.Rock- hard mineral deposits around faucets & drains,scale and rust on metal work and piping,unsightly toilet bowl rings,stubborn stains in tubs,sinks and showers ( not fiberglass) and a bunch of other stuff. This will be tested with elbow grease this weekend.;-) GG Vi

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August 18, 20080 found this helpful

We are having tile put in our bathroom and the tiles were cut with a wet saw in our garage and on our sidewalk. It left a chalky haze on the cement that stayed even after power washing. How can I get it clean?

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January 19, 20090 found this helpful

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 colored driveway.

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June 21, 20130 found this helpful

What is the best way to remove old paint from a driveway and what is best to replace it with? Stain? It's a very hot, Florida location that's in the sun most of the day. Thanks.

By Robert

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October 22, 2010

How do I get old paint off of concrete stoops? I began with a pressure washer. I tried paint stripper and the pressure washer. I still cannot get the remainder of paint off. I am not 100% sure, but I believe the paint is latex.

By Kay from Nashville, TN

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January 20, 20080 found this helpful

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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July 29, 20160 found this helpful

HI there, can you please tell me the brand name and what is the strength/psi of the pressure washer you used. Thanks

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October 22, 20100 found this helpful

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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May 3, 20100 found this helpful

Removing Paint From Concrete

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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October 27, 20090 found this helpful

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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