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Old 04-24-2014, 11:45 AM
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I did not want to de-rail Pete's thread but it has me thinking about the sad state of my driveway. It is about the only thing we did not replace in the remodel.

During the construction the driveway was beat up pretty good, it is stained and has some concrete and paint stuck to the surface.

I heard of a process called diamond grinding but it appears it needs to be re-sealed. I don't like the look of a shiny surface and don't want to maintain and re-seal etc.

Is there a way to clean this up? The drive itself and the pavers look to be in good shape.

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Old 04-24-2014, 12:06 PM
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Don't see why that can't be pressure washed with surface cleaner.

Test it first, might take some different tricks to get it uniform.
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Old 04-24-2014, 12:14 PM
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How about an acid wash such as this? http://www.ehow.com/how_5035078_acid...ck-pavers.html
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Originally Posted by nccoaster View Post
Don't see why that can't be pressure washed with surface cleaner.

Test it first, might take some different tricks to get it uniform.
It has been pressure washed. It will clean up some but not the paint and concrete.
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wire brush on a rotary tool should take off the paint, light chisel on the concrete, maybe the wire brush, acid wash, seal.
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When all else fails, you could pull the old damaged pavers and install new ones.
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Wife and I were sloppy when we painted the house and we've got our share of paint on the pavers out front... I've been getting ready to get that paint off of there... I'll let you know how it goes... I'm thinking I'm going to try to dissolve it first... if not, a light wire brush...

... We'll see... I've already got my hands in far too too too many pies. LOL.
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I occasionally rent what the rental place refers to a "Steam Jenny". It's a pressure washer on steroids with a 13 hp motor and a diesel fired water heater. This thing puts out some seriously hot water and pressure and it will easily remove paint. Paint is best addressed first in the cleaning process because it sometimes needs a zero tip even with this beast to get er done. Then you'll need to go to a broader tip then clean the entire surface to clean everything to brand new condition. Any grease and oil ain't much of a problem for it either the heat melts it to the surface and it floats away. The rental fee where I get mine is 85 a day or 240 a week and it's money well spent on some cleaning projects IMHO.
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