Removing Latex Paint From Concrete Removing Latex Paint From Concrete

What You'll Need
Old towels/newspaper
Bucket
Rags
Detergent
Paint scraper
Clean cloth
Soft brush
Paint remover

Difficulty: The novice on up can do this.

Time: A lot of paint will come off at first, but it may take some time to get everything completely clean.

You don’t need to worry if latex paint spills over concrete. Generally, removing paint is a troublesome process, but this is not the case for latex paint. As compared to oil-based paints, latex paint is far easier to remove.

TIP: Our painting consultant Edward Kimble, author of Interior House Painting Blog, suggests, “Get to the spills or splatters as soon as they happen, don’t wait and give them time to set up. Use plenty of water, and plenty of clean rags, keep turning rags to fresh areas. Use paint remover for stubborn spots.”

Step 1 – Wipe Up Fresh Paint

Use some old towels or newspapers to wipe up as much of the paint as possible.

Step 2 – Apply Soap Solution

Add a scoop of detergent to a gallon of water to prepare a soapy mixture. Now, scrub the area of the spill with this soapy mixture using a soft brush. Thoroughly rinse the spot using clean water and leave it to dry. Flooding with plain water can be helpful without soap.

Step 3 – Scrape Away Dry Paint

Use a razor blade or a paint scraper to get rid of as much of the dried-up paint as possible. Most of the paint will readily come off.

Step 4 – Apply Paint Remover

Use a brush to apply paint remover, not paint stripper, to soften the remaining paint. Leave the area to dry up then scrape away the left-over paint. There are some excellent chemical products on the market made specifically to remove latex paint splatters and spills.

Edward Kimble, professional painter and author of Interior House Painting Blog, contributed to this article.

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