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Posted by Bruce M on September 16th, 1997 11:04 PM
In reply to paint removal from a pea-gravel porch by tom mcmanamon on September 14th, 1997 09:05 PM [Go to top of thread]

Hi again Tom:
Ok. Then there are a coupe of options.

The first is to use a pressure washer. What I have done in the past is to use a garden sprayer and spray a 50-50% solution of hydrochloric (aka muriatic) acid and water onto the painted surface, let set, and hose off, then use a high pressure pressure washer. Usually pretty effective although you may have several stubborn places you will have to do by hand.

Another method, and the one I like, is to use a 7" angle-head grinder with a wire wheel. This requires protecting your eyes, ears and breathing, as it rips the old paint off right down to the concrete very, very quickly. But I would not use this method if the older underlying coats are lead based paint, as it will put the lead dust everywhere.

Best wishes

Bruce M

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