Removing Latex Paint from Concrete

Removing Latex Paint from Concrete

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 and a soft brush. Thoroughly rinse the spot using clean water and leave it to dry up. 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 to soften the remaining paint. Leave the area to dry up and then scrap away the left-over paint. This is not paint stripper. There are some excellent chemical products on the market made specifically to remove latex paint splatters and spills.