Enchanted Mommy

How to Remove Paint from Brick

So I had a major accident in the driveway after one of my painting projects.  Danny was out of town and I was trying to finish a project in the garage during random snippets of time that I could occupy the kiddos elsewhere.  Of course I was rushing…

I spilled a big puddle of oil based primer right on our new brick pavers in the driveway.  So sad.  I googled and googled and all the ehow’s and the ask.com’s said it was impossible to completely remove.  They said to try paint stripper, but that it probably wouldn’t work and would just damage the brick.  Other’s suggested power washing or sand blasting.

This is what it looked like after using three coats of paint stripper. Paint stripper did close to nothing.

This is what it looked like after using three coats of paint stripper. Paint stripper did close to nothing.

I was desperate to clean it and tried scrubbing with the paint stripper three different times.  Nothing.  I kept scouring the internet and everything I read talked about the stone being too porous.

Finally I found a random comment on a post along ways down on some website saying that he had used plain distilled vinegar to get the paint residue off from in between the bricks of his fireplace.  I had vinegar on hand so I figured I might as well give it a try.

He was right!  I basically poured the vinegar into a bucket, soaked it up with steel wool and scrubbed with some rubber gloves on.  A good 20 minutes of scrubbing took it right off!  Seriously, Danny didn’t even notice and will have no idea unless he reads this post. 🙂

After scrubbing with vinegar.  You can still see a slightly faded spot if you look closely, but overall it isn't noticeable.

After scrubbing with vinegar. You can still see a slightly faded spot if you look closely, but overall it isn’t noticeable.

This post is for those poor souls who think there is nothing they can do after spilling paint on their stone or brick!  Vinegar!  Who knew!?!?!

The magic potion!

The magic potion!

4 Comments

  1. ブレスレット

    Oct 22, 2013 at 10:05 pm

    チャンルー 偽物

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  2. Maree in Sydney, Australia

    Jan 07, 2015 at 5:04 am

    Many thanks. The vinegar worked a treat. I used a metal bristled barbecue brush. I poured the vinegar on neat and allowed it to soak in for about 30 seconds then scrubbed. Out came the stain!

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  3. Bryan

    May 25, 2015 at 3:21 pm

    This worked really well on some oil based paint I had spilled. Thanks for the tip! I tried it on some dried latex and that is a different story. I think you need something else for that.

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  4. Aaron

    Sep 11, 2019 at 1:17 am

    It worked well for brick surface, scrubbing was a time-consuming task but it worked:). One of my friends suggested that if you can use pressure washing for a quick result, he also forwarded a link that he found on the internet. It is about using professional tools but I found that article is also useful and well written: https://www.basildonstone.co.uk/remove-paint-from-brick/

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