Posted on October 23, 2013 by James Farley, First and foremost, it is important to always consult with a knowledgeable. On roads and airports it can't be beat. It removes all of the paint as well as up to a 1/4 inch depth of the asphalt’s surface. 100% Acrylic Paint. All water must be reclaimed when using this process. This is a classic mistake usually made by an inexperienced painter and it’s a shame because it starts a cycle of failure that is costly to repair. Shot blasting has come a long way over the last few years with smaller machines and smaller blast patterns. Sand Blasting / Dry Ice Blasting: A process in which sand, glass beads, or another medium is shot at high speeds through a machine across the surface of a hard material until it is smooth. Soap and Water. removing a 4" line go small, and If you're removing a 200' spill area go large. It is, therefore, more challenging to get off than the wet paint. Again, the size of project is typically what will dictate which removal option is best. On roads and airports it can't be beat. Scrub and allow to dry. Depending on how much built-up paint is present, I would recommend different options. Aside from asphalt, other favorite goofs that come to mind are Dustless blasting alone. Other scenarios might include seal coat tracking, oil leaks, and other similar issues. Paint can be difficult to remove. Covering paint with paint. This process does in fact remove the top layer of concrete from your floor. To remove paint from asphalt, you will need a household scouring powder and a stiff-bristled brush for latex-based paint. Feel free to challenge me, disagree with me, or tell me I’m completely nuts in the comments section of each blog entry, but I reserve the right to delete any comment for any reason whatsoever (abusive, profane, rude, or anonymous comments) – so keep it polite, please. Asphalt Grinding: An asphalt grinder is a walk-behind machine that removes almost all paint types found on asphalt. By introducing water it drastically increases the mass and energy the machine is putting out, while eliminating dust. Paint failure is the number one reason we get requests to remove paint from curbs. These contain the aforementioned chemicals, but diluted and combined with lubricants to make them safer to use than their raw counterparts. Pressure Washing w/ Chemical: Using a low pressure washer (typically up to 3300 psi and can be heated or cooled with a chemical paint stripper) to remove paint from concrete with little to no surface damage. It's important to know. Any damage is most likely to occur by scrubbing off the paint (abrasion). For a light coat of failing paint, or a fresh coat of failing paint I would recommend simple pressure washing. Even "dustless blasting" can leave a film or layer of dust on vehicles, prompting phone calls for car washes or worse. Whether you're removing latex or epoxies, chemical paint strippers can be very effective at removing paint. easier staining. Whether paint on asphalt needs to be removed because of a layout error, stencils not matching from one contractor to the next, or even just a plain old paint spill or over spray, you have several removal choices at your disposal. Small projects can be cost effectively done with sandblasting or dustless blasting, and if surface profiling is not a huge concern then asphalt grinding is very affordable. Shot blasting has come a long way over the last few years with smaller machines and smaller blast patterns. This process includes equipment that pressurizes water at a extremely high psi (starting around 10,000) to clean and profile concrete or asphalt surfaces. The best thing to do is an initial repair and then give it time to blend again over a few months. When cleaning up a parking lot paint spill, our advice is to always black out conflicting paint using a waterborne traffic paint, and then install a fresh coat of seal over the area for an even cover. These types of removal projects are typically handled on a case-by-case basis. Although this isn't technically removing the paint at all, it is certainly the least expensive and fastest way to deal with the problem. Step 3 Cover the alcohol with plastic wrap, and tape the plastic wrap to the shingle to prevent the alcohol from evaporating. By no means should anyone take this article as a "how to" guide, because it was not written for that purpose. In my experience nothing is faster than water blasting. This one is pretty straight forward. However, if you're working around the general public, an area where animals are around, or a riverbed or harbor, then I would avoid it like the plague. Always be sure to use protective gloves and eye wear when working with these chemicals, and be sure to barricade off the area keeping pedestrians far away. You might wish to apply one coat of a concrete bonding primer to your driveway. If the paint is heavy and stiff with many coats then it's time to consider scarifying the curbs. The machine is typically used for removing lines from roads and highways. The reason for this is because the cutters or teeth on the scarifiers will not profile deeply. The system leaves paved surfaces close to dry when treated which means they are ready for paint again. Using a low pressure washer (typically up to 3300 psi and can be heated or cooled with a chemical paint stripper) to remove paint from concrete with little to no surface damage. Paint that is latex based and waterproof helps to reduce the risk of runoff and is less toxic. Your curbs will look brand new again. The equipment can be enclosed to reclaim the water, as well as remove contaminants and clean the surface profile. If the product being removed has been down. My son plays hockey and he decided As the founder and moderator of the "Parking Lot Maintenance Information Request" group on the website LinkedIn, we see a lot of interesting questions that come up there from time to time.