Removing Paint from Concrete

April 13, 2015

Old wooden ladder leaning against a concrete wall with painted designs.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.

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, 2005

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?



By shesbertsernie (Guest Post)
September 24, 20050 found this helpful

One idea may be to check out things like Goo Gone, Goof Off, or Orange clean. These may be the safest as opposed to harsher chemicals like Paint Thinner.


Another idea may be to call local paint stores or even local Painters for Hire and see if they would have any suggestions. Good luck!

By James Hommerding (Guest Post)
May 11, 20060 found this helpful

How do I remove Wood fence stain from my cement driveway

By Theresa otto. (Guest Post)
July 3, 20060 found this helpful

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

By Willem (Guest Post)
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

By kccbskt (Guest Post)
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?

By JMJ33 (Guest Post)
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.

By JMJ33 (Guest Post)
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 coloured driveway.

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June 21, 2013

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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