How to Remove Paint From a Curb

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Things You'll Need

  • Pressure washer

  • Mineral spirits

  • Wire brush

  • Dirt

Mineral spirits and a wire brush will help you remove curb paint.

Dried paint on a curb can be a real eyesore. Unfortunately, many people aren't sure how to remove paint from cement surfaces. Luckily, you can eliminate paint from cement under most circumstances if you know the right steps to take. If you need to remove paint from a curb, the following steps will help guide you.


Step 1

Use the pressure washer to loosen the paint from the curb. Begin on a low setting and slowly raise the setting higher, being careful not to damage the sidewalk. Proceed to Step 2 if there is still paint on the curb.

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Step 2

Open the container of mineral spirits. Pour a small amount on the curb. Use the wire brush to scrape away any remaining paint from the curb. Work quickly before the mineral spirits evaporate.


Step 3

Sprinkle a small amount of dirt on the curb to eliminate the light-colored areas created by the pressure washer, mineral spirits and wire brush. Use your shoe or boot to massage the dirt into the curb until the color has blended into a consistent balance with the rest of the sidewalk. Skip this step if you plan to apply a fresh coat of paint to the curb.


Pressure washers are extremely powerful. Be sure to begin the pressure washer on a low setting and stand a few feet away from the curb to avoid damaging the surface.


Mineral spirits are extremely flammable. Do not smoke while using mineral spirits and never work with mineral spirits near an open flame.


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