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Hot Rods Driveway Stains

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Charlie Stephens, Feb 12, 2020.

  1. partssaloon
    Joined: Jan 28, 2009
    Posts: 457


    Lowe's has a oil stain remover made by Valspar that seems to work really well on pavers
  2. Beanscoot
    Joined: May 14, 2008
    Posts: 1,601


    "How about asphalt?"

    I find that oil, diesel, gasoline etc. will soften or even dissolve the asphalt, so it's pretty hopeless. I guess the kitty litter ground in would be the safest.

    Of course the real answer for me is to replace the rear main seal in all three of our daily drivers(!) but I'm waiting until the clutches wear out.
  3. Deuces
    Joined: Nov 3, 2009
    Posts: 18,739

    from Michigan

    Yep! Buck a bottle....
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  4. moparboy440
    Joined: Sep 30, 2011
    Posts: 230

    from Finland

  5. Special Ed
    Joined: Nov 1, 2007
    Posts: 6,134

    Special Ed

    Depends on what the composition of the pavers is. Usually, kitty litter (gypsum) works well, and so does gasoline and these are the two least expensive things you can possibly find ...
  6. Flathead Dave
    Joined: Mar 21, 2014
    Posts: 2,987

    Flathead Dave
    from So. Cal.


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  7. plym_46
    Joined: Sep 8, 2005
    Posts: 3,999

    from central NY

    Large baking pan and puppy training pads. They hold a lot of oil or coolant. But why not find and fix the leak?
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  8. Another vote for Tide powder. Scrub it good and wash it off.
  9. spook498
    Joined: Sep 26, 2009
    Posts: 183


    Heh, kitty litter stomp or the Fallon Shuffle in Navy parlance....

    Ive used Dawn on fresh oil stains that arent too big. Tri Sodium Phosphate also works but isnt overly environmentally friendly.
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  10. ekimneirbo
    Joined: Apr 29, 2017
    Posts: 1,464

    from Brooks Ky

    Didn't read all the previous suggestions so maybe this one has been suggested. I keep a spray bottle of kerosene or diesel fuel in my garage. Whenever some one leaks oil on the driveway, I spray it and it miracously disappears in a couple days. It really works well even several days later. Best to do it before any rain gets to it. Don't know how it works on long term stains cause I never have any. Had a guy leave 2 ft diameter trans fluid puddle and it was gone shortly thereafter. If they leave a real puddle, soak it up with a rag then spray it. Might have to spray a second time a few days later if its rear end grease. I've been using it for 20+ years. The secret is to have the bottle before you need it.
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  11. HotRod33
    Joined: Oct 5, 2008
    Posts: 2,348

    from MO

    How did you get oil stains???? Hotrods don't leak oil.... Hahaha
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  12. Nicholas Coe
    Joined: Jul 5, 2017
    Posts: 1,662

    Nicholas Coe
    from Tontitown

    It's a Hotrod. If it isn't leaking oil then it's out of oil!
    Hahahahaha....sorry, had to add for the 100th time.

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  13. borderboy1971
    Joined: Oct 20, 2008
    Posts: 706

    from Canada

    Although gasoline will work as a pretty good cleaning product I'd advice not doing this.

  14. woodiewagon46
    Joined: Mar 14, 2013
    Posts: 1,713

    from New York

    I've used Brake Clean followed up with Gunk. Let it sit and wash it down.
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    Joined: Dec 14, 2009
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    Dawn dish soap works well on pavers.
    Did my driveways this summer as my van had a tranny leak for a while left a dirty spot.

    soaked it used almost a full bottle on the entire driveways
    Scrubbed it with a stiff bristle broom
    Let it soak about 10 minutes
    Then hit it with my pressure washer
    And it was gone.
  16. For ash-fault driveways Speedy-Dry brush it in , let it sit , wash it away. I guess it is like kitty litter.

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  17. flatford39
    Joined: Dec 3, 2006
    Posts: 2,676


    I use simple green and a stiff broom and a power washer. Do this before I reseal.
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  18. lucky ink
    Joined: Feb 18, 2011
    Posts: 331

    lucky ink

    Always used kitty litter and grind in with a brick :D
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  19. aerocolor
    Joined: Oct 7, 2009
    Posts: 1,165

    from dayton

    This works great for me.
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  20. jnaki
    Joined: Jan 1, 2015
    Posts: 4,905


    If your pavers are color stained in the format when laid down, check any left over ones for color disappearing from any liquid or dry remover product. It certainly would not be nice to see discoloration in one spot of the whole driveway. We have stayed away from color infused concrete/manufactured driveways. We know that it is always the problem from friends’ cars and frequent visits from relatives leaving their deposits after they leave.

    Even the U.S. Mail person parks his/her van on the driveway to deliver special packages and leaves a drop or two. If those stay too long, it is harder to get out. The original Amazon delivery guy used to park in the driveway, but I guess the new rule is to stay on the streets. He, too was a culprit in those little drops. A wire brush and the potent liquid Acetone or Lacquer Thinner works every time.

    Those are the two strongest stuff we use and those pesky oil spots disappear in a flash. The smooth concrete areas of warehouses and buildings are less inclined to stain as the surface is smooth and sometimes sealed. Most spills are easily wiped up using less potent solutions.

    But, since I do not want to hang out on the driveway cleaning, the little time it takes is minimal. Porous concrete does cause problems.


    Be careful on where that acetone or lacquer thinner get put on the shelf, counter or concrete. It does take off colors.

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  21. I don't have a good answer to the question, but when people say my cars leak and leave stains, I say it's not leaking, it's marking its territory.
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  22. blowby
    Joined: Dec 27, 2012
    Posts: 6,878

    from Nicasio Ca

    Well coincidentally I finally moved one of my tired leaking heaps to pull the engine yesterday. 10 minutes, no more, with kitty litter. Ain't perfect but should keep the HAZMAT crew away. The rain and sun will finish it.

    BTW on pavers, the ones and my place aren't flippable, one side is textured and chamfered, the other rough with square edges.

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  23. nochop
    Joined: Nov 13, 2005
    Posts: 1,734

    from norcal

    When did we all turn into our fathers?
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  24. HealeyRick
    Joined: May 5, 2009
    Posts: 558

    from Mass.

    In the gas station where I worked it was speedi-dry (kitty litter) spread out over the floor. Scrub it with the wood side of the shop broom, flip over the broom and sweep it up.
  25. bchctybob
    Joined: Sep 18, 2011
    Posts: 2,516


    I use carb cleaner and a rag on the polished concrete in the shop, the kitty litter stomp on the rougher outside concrete. But what about rust stains on the concrete? I've got a few rust stains on the driveway from moving old engines around that I haven't been able to get out.
  26. Mike Rouse
    Joined: Aug 12, 2004
    Posts: 365

    Mike Rouse

    Sodium hydroxide is the strongest base there is. Oven cleaner and drain cleaner are made of it. Try spraying oven cleaner on your spots wait a little while as it soaks in then scrub with a broom. Do the same thing with drain cleaner mixed with a little water. After a through scrubbing rinse with hot water. While using these products wear protective gloves and goggles. These products will dissolve your cell walls if you get it on you.
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  27. nochop
    Joined: Nov 13, 2005
    Posts: 1,734

    from norcal

    That’s funny, that’s probably how I learned it..... many years ago @ $2 an hr.
  28. nochop
    Joined: Nov 13, 2005
    Posts: 1,734

    from norcal

    Rust stains... did you expect something that would dissolve a car to be easy
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  29. southcross2631
    Joined: Jan 20, 2013
    Posts: 4,020


    Muriatic acid works real good at removing stains just remember to have good air flow so the fumes don't get you. It also cleans up your grinding burs if you get them clogged with aluminum.
    Eats shit out of aluminum. Can used to acid port heads and intakes .but you have to know what your doing or you won't have any parts left.
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  30. Bandit Billy
    Joined: Sep 16, 2014
    Posts: 6,887

    Bandit Billy

    I have a combination of stamped concrete and exposed aggregate, 11 years of old cars, no stains. The trick is applying solvent based sealer either roll on or spray every other year after gentle pressure washing. Drips and spills wipe up easily and when it rains you can skate from one end to the other.
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