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Discussion in 'Traditional Hot Rods' started by Sweet & Low, Mar 22, 2020.

  1. Sweet & Low
    Joined: Feb 13, 2014
    Posts: 277

    Sweet & Low

    I have an old oil stain on my garage floor that doesn't want to go away. I have tried most of Simple Green type cleaners and even tried lacquer to no avail.
    Should I be looking at a sandblaster instead of a cleaner?
  2. jaracer
    Joined: Oct 4, 2008
    Posts: 596


    Have you tried brake clean?
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  3. Mr48chev
    Joined: Dec 28, 2007
    Posts: 27,865


    Have you tried Oil Eater? I use it a lot to clean parts but feedback online says that it works good on concrete.
  4. lcfman
    Joined: Sep 1, 2009
    Posts: 244

    from tn

    You could try some all dry and get a small block of wood and use it to scrub the floor in the stained area. It has worked for me.

  5. Jimbo17
    Joined: Aug 19, 2008
    Posts: 3,765


    I use Dawn first and then pour some Coka Cola over the area and then take some Comet Cleaner and shake over the whole area and let it sit for a few day's and then use a hard brush on it and again let it sit.
    I have removed oil stains driveways after it was there for 5 years without a problem.

    Each time I use the Coka Cola on the stains I keep wondering what happens when you drink this stuff.
  6. Flathead Dave
    Joined: Mar 21, 2014
    Posts: 3,062

    Flathead Dave
    from So. Cal.

    Have you tried sand? Not to absorb but to scratch it around the stain. It won't scuff the concrete. I do it all of the time on old dried stains.
  7. sliceddeuce
    Joined: Aug 15, 2017
    Posts: 2,982


    White mortar mix.
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  8. if you have an old ford, your going to always have an oil stain in the garage.
  9. phosphoric acid does the work
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  10. johnold1938
    Joined: Apr 19, 2009
    Posts: 401

    from indiana

    try a bottle of dawn and a gallon of muriatic acid then rinse with water re seal floor if necessary.
  11. Given a choice I would prefer the stain over the rough surface that would be left after sandblasting.

    Charlie Stephens
  12. v8flat44
    Joined: Nov 13, 2017
    Posts: 606


    I've had luck with Goop hand cleaner, but was a light stain. leave it set for a while, then scrub brush.
    RINCE RINCE....or it will be slick.
  13. Why not a power washer with one of those circular cleaner attachments?
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  14. Slopok
    Joined: Jan 30, 2012
    Posts: 2,592


    Unless it has a Chevy engine in it!o_O:eek:;) Sorry, couldn't resist.
  15. deathrowdave
    Joined: May 27, 2014
    Posts: 2,299

    from NKy

    Nothing leaks like my old Cummins powered Power Wagon it has a slobber tube and a turbo that builds pressure in the case . Of coarse it never sees inside the garage but my concrete driveway has a Stain to say the least . I have tried many , many products most will not touch it . Best I have found is pour a bit of gas on , wait a day pour another SMALL amount of gas on it and it’s gone . I’m by no way suggesting you do this , it’s unsafe x 10 , but it works . Do it at your own risk .
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  16. patterg2003
    Joined: Sep 21, 2014
    Posts: 637


    I had a big oil patch on a unistone driveway courtesy of my old truck. I bought a 2 litre jug of Oil Lift Oil Remover for driveways and followed the instructions. The oil lift is allowed to soak in and is hosed away. The pavers had a heavy coat of oil and there was still some oil after the first application. I let the stone dry for a few days and applied the Oil Lift a second time and it took the last of the oil out. I was skeptical but was pleased with the outcome. I worth a try on a concrete floor. Maybe look for a well reviewed driveway degreasing product as the Oil Lift may be only available in Canada. Have a mop and pail handy to clean up the water in the garage.
  17. -Brent-
    Joined: Nov 20, 2006
    Posts: 5,868


    Tide (powdered) and a stuff bristle brush or one of those floor buffers. I do it once a year and my floor looks nearly new.

    All kinds of contaminants end up on the floor over the year.

    It is simple to do, works very well, and your shop will be smelling fresh for a week or so.

    Wet down the floor, spread out the Tide. Let it sit on oily areas. Scrub the floor. The buffer works so dang well. I rent it from Home Depot. Just be careful, there's a bit of a learning curve.
    Last edited: Mar 22, 2020
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  18. borderboy1971
    Joined: Oct 20, 2008
    Posts: 723

    from Canada

    Don't try this at home.
  19. Atwater Mike
    Joined: May 31, 2002
    Posts: 10,297

    Atwater Mike

    Yep... Gasoline, sweep it on with a stiff bristle broom. THEN: Sprinkle a generous amount of Tide soap on it. Some water, broom again. Now rinse with water, and broom it off the stain.
    Never had to repeat the process, always worked for me.
    Just the water heater: Turn it OFF, and extinguish the pilot light FIRST, before any gasoline is brought in.
  20. Bugguts
    Joined: Aug 13, 2011
    Posts: 688


    I don’t have the answer to the stain, but I do have stains from the many things I use the garage for. Just pulled a motor yesterday and spilled all the fluids that it could on floor. Other stains are from removing trannies, leaky rear ends, etc.
    I look at the stains and remember I don’t pay someone else to do all the fun stuff!
    A badge of honor if you will.
  21. Propane torch on minor drips.
  22. corncobcoupe
    Joined: May 26, 2001
    Posts: 5,178

    Staff Member


    Poor it on it - let sit for 20 minutes - then use a scrub brush and rinse. Wallaaa

    BTW - Drinking Coke is not very good for you.
    Besides the sugar ( high fructose corn syrup ) or artificial sugar ( Splenda ) in the diet Coke, it's rock gut on your stomach and the carbonation makes your bones brittle as you get older.
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  23. seb fontana
    Joined: Sep 1, 2005
    Posts: 6,697

    seb fontana
    from ct

    After the first few spills on my brand new concrete I stopped fretting so much..The last spill I had contained, about four gallons of water of degreased skid steer innards until I knocked the plastic pan off the blocks. Bunch of newspaper worked well..
  24. BamaMav
    Joined: Jun 19, 2011
    Posts: 4,577

    from Berry, AL

    I thought oil stains were traditional? Gives the floors character.....
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  25. jimmy six
    Joined: Mar 21, 2006
    Posts: 7,623

    jimmy six

    Or a Harley
  26. That wAs hard to wAtch.
    I thought for sure it was gonna BBQ his dumb ass
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  27. In the garage, where I can't rinse, I have scraped off the sludge, then sprayed with engine cleaner(Gunk, etc), then spread light layer of floor dry on that. Rub it in after sitting for a bit, then sweep up. Repeat as necessary. Sometimes, a quick application of Brake Clean after that.
  28. Sandgroper
    Joined: Jan 20, 2019
    Posts: 223


    There is a shop floor cleaner that sprays on then activates with a steam cleaner. Don't know it's name but got a small jar from a mechanic friend once. Took an old oil stain off concrete pavers.
  29. Beanscoot
    Joined: May 14, 2008
    Posts: 1,687


    "Each time I use the Coka Cola on the stains I keep wondering what happens when you drink this stuff.

    Jeez, you shouldn't be drinking it after.
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  30. manyolcars
    Joined: Mar 30, 2001
    Posts: 8,377


    I have been happy with the results using cat litter for the last 50 years
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