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Cleaning Tarmac?

How do you remove cement and paint from a tarmac drive left on after building repairs?

By jeg from Chester, UK

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June 29, 20180 found this helpful

Wow...this brought back a childhood memory of sitting on a hot driveway peeling away paint spatters for fun trying to get them come up whole (which never happened)...I hadn't thought about that in years...the heat would make the color come up off the stuff and the backs of our legs would be filthy....and burned if we weren't careful!

Flashback moment here...sorry!!

So it is time consuming, but they often peel up by hand or with the gentle use of a scraper. Some folks swear by letting a bit of paint thinner or rubbing alcohol set on the spot...but that is dangerous if it gets into the water supply, so I would forgo it unless you absolutely have to. If you have to go that route, test it somewhere SMALL first to make sure it doesn't do damage as every laying of tarmac is a hair different.

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June 29, 20180 found this helpful

Try salt. The cement will be harder to remove.

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