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Hawk CFC for Paint Removal: Here’s The True Reason Your Paint is Peeling, And How We Can Help You

Unwanted painted surfaces can be an eyesore and usually aren’t removed with simple procedures such as pressure cleaning or scraping. “Concrete Paint” is sold (in the view of the editor, quite unethically) to unsuspecting business owners, home owners, handymen, with the recommendation to apply to concrete driveways, commercial floors, and the like.

The majority of the time this paint starts to peel and look unsightly- much worse than an unpainted slab. Of course, the victim then has to revisit the paint store (Dulux etc), buy more paint to re-apply on a regular basis. The paint company then has a loyal, albeit resentful customer.

The question is regularly asked why these large companies continue to sell paint that they know will fail, yet refuse to stock non-peeling versions which cost no extra! Of course, there’s no repeat business in selling a product that lasts.

The solution is not paint re-application, but paint remover. Once the paint is removed, you can choose to keep your unpainted driveway or have a non-peeling product instead.

Techniques for paint removal:

1) It may be worth first trying to scrape it off, or high pressure clean the affected area to see if the paint comes off easily. Generally it won’t, especially if the surface is porous or rough. It’s somewhat ironic that the paint seems to be peeling all over the place but you can’t get the whole lot off!

2) Paint Stripper; Your local hardware has a range of paint strippers. The process is generally to apply and agitate, then high pressure clean the material off. This process can be expensive as the stripper is usually quite high in price, and very messy. Lawns and gardens would need to be protected as paint and harsh chemicals will kill them, also the chemical can damage surrounding surfaces such as asphalt.

3) Sand-blasting; aggregate blasting is usually a specialist field but simpler jobs could be completed on a DIY basis, hiring out the necessary equipment. Done carefully, sand-blasting can leave the surface completely free from the paint or sealer, yet still relatively smooth. The equipment tends to be on the expensive side, and caution always needs to be exercised around surrounding surfaces.

4) Concrete Sanding; Concrete sanding is performed with a rotary or drum floor sander. While success can sometimes be attained on a very smooth surface with very soft paint, generally this process won’t do the job you require.

5) Concrete Grinding; 9 times out of 10, diamond grinding is the fastest and most cost-effective means of paint removal. The equipment is expensive to purchase and you have the ongoing cost of diamond blades, but it works every time. Depending on the grit size of the diamond cup wheels, the surface can be left rough, smooth, or even a polished finish can be achieved (at this stage you could choose our Concrete Enhancer for a great finish).

Hawk Concrete Floor Coatings is an experienced paint remover company and is available to do all of the above techniques, as well as providing options for you once the removal is complete. For information and pricing phone today.

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