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COIT’s Guide to Removing Paint Stains from Concrete

When you’re painting exterior areas of your home, spilled paint on concrete can be a bit of an eyesore. To remove paint stains from concrete, follow these step-by-step instructions.

Removing Concrete Paint Stains with a Power Washer

  1. If the paint stain is on exterior concrete, your best bet is investing in, or borrowing, a power washer.
  2. You can even rent a power washer for a relatively affordable price.
  3. While cleaning the paint stain, be sure the stream of water is not too narrow, as you’ll want to avoid leaving marks on the concrete.

Removing Concrete Paint Stains with Chemical Paint Stripper

If you don’t have access to a power washer, consider trying another set of steps to remove the concrete paint stain using a chemical paint stripper

  1. Buy chemical paint stripper that’s designed to remove oil-based paints.
  2. Following the manufacturer instructions, apply the chemical paint stripper anywhere from 1 to 8 hours. The label should specify the appropriate time period, so be sure to check before you begin.
  3. Then, scrub the affected area of concrete with a scraper or a wire scrub brush.
  4. You may have to repeat these steps if necessary 2 to 3 times to remove all paint residue.
  5. After concrete paint stain is completely removed, be sure to clean the affected area using a power washer, if you have access to one. 

Still having trouble with your concrete paint stain? For more advanced concrete cleaning that requires specialized, professional care, consider COIT Cleaning services.

Remember to always do a spot removal test on a portion of carpet or upholstery that is normally not visible. These are suggested treatments only and COIT can't be held accountable for any damage sustained by use of the treatments in this spot removal guide.