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Question DetailsAsked on 9/3/2017

how to get oil and power steering fluid off a sealed driveway?

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With difficulty, and rarely without leaving at least a minor residual stain or slightly different appearance area.

1) First, soak up any wet material with sand or papertowels weighted down, or (best) shop spill absorbent material (from auto supply store) - let soak in for 6 hours or more - but do NOT drive on as may track down drive on tires.

2) Wet paper towels or rags with Dawn or similar grease-cutting detergent and place over stains for 30 minutes or so - carefully lift off without squeezing and immediately sop up area with dry towels.

3) Thoroughly wet the area downhill and around the stains and spritz with grease cutting detergent - sprinkle powered landry soap or some Dawn mixed with water over the surrounding are so the oil you remove does not just redeposit downhill on the drive.

4) Then, with surrounding area wet and soaped, use a grease-cutting material to swap the stain- from outside toward center of stain to precvent spreading it around. Dawn or equal is least likely to pull the oil from your drive (though you will get a permanent stain anyway in all likelihood) - strong but WILL start pulling oil from the asphalt drive or remove the sealer on concrete is a cleaner like Purple Power from NAPA and others - let sit and it will pull oil and sealer. Further up the scale as needed to remove the stain - a spiot stain remover like Shout or Carb Cleaner or Brake Cleaner spray - they will remove it but will remove sealer and asphalt locally too - more the longer they sit.

If real thick accumulation from dripping engine or differential or such over a long period of time, then initial cleaning should be dabbing with petroleum-based cleaner like brake cleaner and scraping with putty knife or such, working from outside to center and damming the area to prevent liquid from spreading out from the stain, then after down to just a stain the other steps above.

5) immediately after cleaning the stain (or during process if any is escaping downhill or drive it drying - rewet the surrounding/downhill drive to keep solvent/oil from staining downhill area. When done with stain cleaning, thoroughly wash the whole drive off.

You are pretty much guaranteed to have a residual stain - sandblasting or grinding with sand under a scrap of paver or such can remove from concrete (you then have to reseal that area), on asphalt after stain is gone and it is dry you can hand-paint new sealer on that area - will leave different gloss and coverage because newer but will blend in pretty well as it ages. Seymour and others make spray touchup product that dries in a few hours for asphalt sealer. Rustoleum and others make spray cans for small areas of concrete sealer repair.

Answered 3 years ago by LCD

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