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How To Remove Paint From Sandstone Pavers

Posted June 13, 2014, at 5:57 a.m.
Last modified June 13, 2014, at 2:17 p.m.

Have you accidentally spilt paint onto your sandstone pavers and have no idea how to remove the spots? Has someone painted over this beautiful stone in your home and you would like to restore its natural glory? Unfortunately, sandstone is quite a soft material so care must be taken to ensure that you remove only the paint and do not further erode the pavers beneath.

Step 1: Sweep the surface to remove any loose particles and dust. These will only hinder your ability to properly remove the paint and may actually cause you to miss areas, so it’s best to get it out of the way now.

Step 2: Put on a facemask to protect your lungs from sandstone dust and chips of paint. This is especially important if you aren’t sure what type of paint has been used, as some types can be toxic if inhaled.

Step 3: Drag a metal file over the surface of the sandstone pavers, starting at the top and working your way down. The surface should come away easily because it’s such a soft material underneath.

Step 4: Continue in this manner until you are clearly able to see the sandstone below. You can also use the file to reshape pavers if they have become less defined due to your efforts in removing the paint.

Step 5: Regularly sweep the pavers to make sure that you haven’t missed any spots and regularly rinse the file to ensure that it is works at its optimum. You may also need to sharpen the file if it grows blunt.

Step 6: If you are removing large sections of paint, it can sometimes help to tackle the pavers in stages. This will prevent your hands from growing sore and ensure that you don’t miss any spots.

As you can see, the process to remove paint from sand stone pavers is actually quite a simple one. It is important to remember, however, that care is vital if you want to prevent irreparable damage to the surface. Make sure that you are only removing the layer of paint and a thin layer of the stone beneath, otherwise you will be left with a gouged surface that looks unattractive.

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