How to Remove Paint from a Cement Patio

What You'll Need
Hard-bristled scrub brush
Garden hose
Liquid soap
Putty knife or paint scraper
Pressure washer and the device's owner's manual

If a number of wayward paint drips have found their way onto your cement patio following an outdoor painting project, you may be curious about how to go about removing them. If so, you'll be happy to learn that removing bits of dried paint from a cement patio can easily be accomplished with the aid of several common paint removal tools. Below are the necessary steps for making your patio paint-free.

Step 1 - Hose Down the Paint-Laden Areas of Your Patio

If you're able to catch out-of-place paint drips early, they can often be rinsed away with nothing more than a garden hose. So, if you spot any fresh paint drips before they've had ample time to dry, give them a thorough hose-spraying. For paint drips that are semi-dry, you may be able to rinse away the bulk with a garden hose, while removing any caked-on bits of paint with the aid of a putty knife or paint scraper.

Step 2 - Thoroughly Clean Your Cement Patio

While this step isn't absolutely essential to the paint removal process, you'll find that hardened paint drips are easier to remove without any dirt, dust or other debris getting in the way. What's more, a good soap-and-water washing can sometimes get rid of unwanted paint entirely. Kick off the cleaning process by combining a mixture of liquid soap and warm water within a large, clean bucket. Once your homemade cleaner has taken shape, use a mop to apply it to your patio, then give the entire area a vigorous cleaning.

While cleaning, take care to devote special attention to the section(s) of your cement patio that have come under fire from paint drips. Using a hard-bristled scrub brush or wire brush, give the hardened paint drips a vigorous scrubbing. Keep in mind that, depending on how much time the drips have had to set in, you may have to exert a substantial amount of elbow grease to get rid of them. If this step fails to remove the paint, you will need to pressure wash your patio. After the entire patio has been given a good scrubbing, use a garden hose to rinse off your cleaning solution.

Step 3 - Pressure Wash Your Cement Patio

If all else fails, you will need to pressure wash your cement patio in order to get rid of stubborn paint drips. Depending on the brand and model of pressure washer you've chosen to rent or purchase, the mechanics of this step may vary. Start by consulting your pressure washer's owner's manual or the manufacturer's website to determine if there is a certain setting for removing dried paint.

Next, as per the manual's instructions, fill your washer with the recommended amount of water and cleaning solution, then proceed to pressure wash the paint-stained areas of your cement patio. Once the paint drips have been removed, you will need to once again rinse the patio with a garden hose. Lastly, use your putty knife or paint scraper to get rid of any remaining bits of paint.