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Old 02-27-2009, 10:35 AM
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Removing Acrylic Paint from Garage Floor

I don't paint in acrylic, but I have a student who does. While priming some canvases in our garage, he spilled paint here and there. Does anyone have some tips on removing dried acrylic paint from cement floors?
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Re: Removing Acrylic Paint from Garage Floor

Perhaps the same way I remove dried paint from brushes. I use Hand sanitizer like Purell or Germ-X. Just pump some on, allow to sit a few minutes and scrub a bit. Even though it will remove the paint it may not remove pigment stains. Another alternative is to get Denatured alcohol at your local home center. It smells rough and be sure to use good ventilation.
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Re: Removing Acrylic Paint from Garage Floor

Try amonia....and alcohol...it worked when my son painted our hearth neon blue one night...
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Re: Removing Acrylic Paint from Garage Floor

If it is just bare concrete it will be very difficult to get it all off. But alcohol should work the best and get most of the paint off the floor.
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Re: Removing Acrylic Paint from Garage Floor

not sure it will work on cement but I use oven cleaner on my cloths when I get it on them.


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Depending on how smoothly the concrete was finished off you may be able to peel or scrape any thick bits off. You could even sandpaper it off!

Ammonia is supposed to work well to remove acrylics but I've never had a chance to try it. Alcohols of all types definitely work - they soften and make it let go (without truly dissolving it like a stronger solvent might, which can lead to bigger problems with staining).

Let us know how you get on.

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Re: Removing Acrylic Paint from Garage Floor

Thanks, everyone. Window cleaner (with ammonia) worked just fine. It helped, I think, that the paint had been on the cement less than 24 hours.
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