Removing old concrete porch paint can be difficult, especially in the case when the original job created a strong bond between the cement and the layer of paint. This is normally the case if the job was done correctly in the first place. Fortunately, it is still possible to remove it although it is a labor-intensive and messy task. There is nothing particularly technological involved, and anyone can do it, regardless of their experience with basic DIY. You will need some paint removal materials and an adequate amount of time to get the hard work done.
Tools and Materials Needed:
- Paint stripper
- Paint roller and pan
- Rubbish bags
- Garden hose
- Dustpan and brush
Step 1 – Make Preparations
Clear the porch of any furniture or anything else that can get damaged. If you do not want to damage the floor of the porch, make sure that it is covered with plastic tarpaulins.
Step 2 – Apply Paint Remover
Make sure that you have an appropriate paint removal chemical for the job. You can find paint remover at any home improvement store. Pour an appropriate amount of the paint stripper into a paint roller pan. With a clean paint roller, thoroughly coat it with the solution. Apply the paint stripper to the wall by simply rolling it thoroughly onto the surface. You don’t have to worry about the layer of paint stripper being very even, but it should be thick enough to allow it to permeate the paint and loosen it from the wall. Apply it to the entire wall or you can choose to work just with one area at a time. Allow the paint remover an adequate amount of time to set. For further information on this, refer to the manufacturer’s instructions on the packaging.
Step 3 – Scrape Away Paint
Once you have left the paint stripper enough time to start working, you can then start stripping away the paint with the scraper. To make sure that the surface is ready for this, test a spot with the scraper to see if the paint falls away. If it has not, check it again after half an hour. If it is working as intended, the paint should simply fall off when you scrape it.
Use a long-handled scraper to do this job, as it is important that the paint stripper does not come into contact with your hands. Use long movements running down the wall, holding the scraper at an angle. You should be able to remove large strips of paint each time. This will make the job go a lot quicker than working with a tiny section at once.
Step 4 – Remove Excess Paint
In some areas, there will be excess paint, especially if there are any crevices in the wall. In this case, simply wipe any paint away with the sponge or a wire brush if it refuses to come away easily.
Step 5 – Clean Surface
Clean the surface using a high-pressure garden hose. Make sure there is no paint remaining. The surface must then be left to dry completely before sealing and painting it again.