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How to Remove Paint From Tarmac

Updated February 21, 2017

During the process of painting your home, paint may splatter or spill on your tarmac driveway or road. Because the tarmac is black, most light colours will easily show up, allowing everyone to see the mess you have made. If you catch the paint while it's still wet, you will be more successful in removing the paint. Only use detergents to scrub away both wet and dry paint. Paint strippers and solvents should never be used, as they dissolve the binder used to create tarmac. If you are unable to remove the paint, you can paint it black to conceal it.

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  1. Lay a paper towel over the paint to absorb as much paint as possible, if the stain is fresh.

  2. Fill a small bucket with water as hot as you can stand to touch and a mild powdered cleaning detergent, such as dish soap, washing powder or oxygen bleach. Allow the cleaner to dissolve in the water.

  3. Dip a soft- to medium-bristled nylon scrubbing brush in the soapy water. Continue scrubbing until the paint removes.

  4. Rinse the soap residue from the tarmac with either a hose or water-dampened cloth.

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Things You'll Need

  • Paper towel
  • Bucket
  • Powdered detergent
  • Nylon scrubbing brush

About the Author

Kallie Johnson began her writing career in 2009, contributing to various online publications. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. She enjoys writing home and garden topics and considers herself an expert on do-it-yourself home improvement topics.

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