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Remove Old Oil Stains From Asphalt Driveway?
bilgladstone
post Dec 1 2012 - 01:22 PM
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Lots of professional car guys in here... in your experience, what is the best way to remove year-old oil spots from my asphalt parking space? Something where I don't have to do a whole lot of scrubbing? I can't reach the area with a hose, but I guess I can haul water buckets to rinse away residue.

And once I get the worst off, what is the best thing to put down outdoors to prevent oil spotting? Maybe something I can just leave lying on the space that won't blow away... It's a rental space, so I can't use asphalt sealer or the like.

Looking for a low-effort, low-cost solution.

[Please don't tell me to just fix my car]

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post Dec 1 2012 - 02:03 PM
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I have the same problem, but it is more of an oil puddle mixed with brake fluid, left by years of old cars, and on top of paving stones (the brick colour kind). I once used some Canadian Tire oil/degreaser with zero results. It kind of made the oil spot shinier at best.

Pizza boxes are OK for a temporary fix, but wind will make them fly unless you filled them with stones.

PS. Fixing your car sounds like the easy, lazy way. There's got to be a better option wink.gif


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post Dec 1 2012 - 08:45 PM
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Detergents like clothes washing powder will do some good. Get one of those heavy rubber floor mats with fuzzy stuff on it to catch your oil vent tube juice, they will never blow away.


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post Dec 1 2012 - 09:36 PM
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Among the thousands of uses for WD-40, stain removal is up there as a very effective use for this versatile product.
Just spray the stain with WD-40 and let it soak for around 30 minutes. Then rub in a little dish soap and wash off.

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post Dec 1 2012 - 10:35 PM
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Thanks guys! Might be time to bite into the balance of my courtesy card at Princess Auto and pick up some WD-40, a brush & bucket combo, and some kind of rubber matting. As a responsible tenant, I owe it to the housing association to keep my parking space clean.

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post Dec 2 2012 - 06:55 AM
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http://www.jelmar.com/CLRgrease.htm

have had good success with this, Can Tire sells it.

other option is kitty litter, spread some down. it will absorb oil and will pick up a bit from the asphalt.
clean up and spread some new stuff every few weeks


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post Dec 2 2012 - 11:16 AM
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I think I'll begin with the cat litter - I can get that at the grocery store a block from the house. I suppose any old clay-based litter will do.

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post Dec 2 2012 - 01:45 PM
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whatever you do with it, make sure NO to dispose of it in the toilet. Don't ask how I know that's a bad idea unsure.gif


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post Dec 9 2012 - 07:18 PM
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Bil,
Home depot ( at least) sells an oil remover for when you are going to seal your driveway, I used it on ours before I sealed it, my spots were a few years old thoug, so it didn't remove everything ( and since I was sealing it, I wasn't worried about the stain itself so much as making sure the sealer would adhere to the spot), on the newer spots it did seem to remove most if not all of the traces o of the spots, it wasn't too expensive and at the very least will not damage the pavement. You just spray it on wait the specified time and rinse it off, for stubborn stains you can s rub a bit too as I recall ( will check out the bottle instructions when I get a chance). Hope that you can keep your spot clean ( and your landlord happy that you are a responsible tenant).


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post Dec 9 2012 - 08:05 PM
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QUOTE (lebikerboy @ Dec 2 2012 - 12:36 AM) *
Among the thousands of uses for WD-40, stain removal is up there as a very effective use for this versatile product.
Just spray the stain with WD-40 and let it soak for around 30 minutes. Then rub in a little dish soap and wash off.


Be sure to test that first. Even diesel fuel will dissolve asphalt and I would think that WD-40 would too.

I have had the same problem on our driveway. Canadian tire sell a product that works if stain is not too old.
http://www.canadiantire.ca/AST/browse/4/Au...l.jsp?locale=en

Write up here: http://joneakes.com/jons-fixit-database/14...-actually-works

I have also used Simple Green or some type of Citrus cleaner I had . Anything that is water based is safest to use.

When spill is new, kitty litter will soak it up quickly.

I use cardboard to catch drips, but that is in garage . I also have some plastic trays that I found somewhere that I use if I know where a drip is. If you Google you can find oil drip trays from metal or heavy plastic. Like these: http://www.aircraftspruce.com/catalog/eppages/drippan24.php There are also rolls of oil absorbent material available. Just not too sure how well it would work outdoors, but it does work on a mix of water and oil in boats. Something like this: https://www.cleanupstuff.com/garage-floor-mat-s/2.htm.

I need to do something myself - smart doesn't leak, but my two older cars both have small drips.

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post Dec 9 2012 - 08:29 PM
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Outdoors is a real problem. Since I started addressing this question, it's either been raining or snowing!

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post Apr 22 2013 - 09:12 AM
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Uh...why not just roll used oil all over the driveway so that they all stain the same? then clean up the slippery stuff with some oil absorber?


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post Apr 22 2013 - 11:35 AM
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Not a terrible idea! Solvents like gasoline, diesel, biodiesel, hydraulic and brake fluid will dissolve bituminous asphalt concrete in a hurry, but oil drips (and Bil's PCV sludge) will just bind with the bitumen and the pulverized kitty litter (or "OilAbsorb" product, both based on bentonite clay and possibly diatomaceous earth) will actually stabilize the concrete. wink.gif A couple of oil changes' worth should cover a normal two-car driveway, but it will need quite a bit of OilAbsorb to pick up the excess, and -- legally speaking -- the oily kitty litter must now be disposed of properly, usually at a hazardous waste centre.

My neighbour across the street parks one of his vehicles on my driveway's "fifth spot" throughout the winter in exchange for a big discount on snow clearing services (he runs two tractors with blowers and serves about 300 local driveways). Bad luck for me, one of his vehicles (tractors, 2003 F150, 1996 Camry) has left a huge oil stain in that spot over the winter. Next door (Service Foreman) Neighbour suggested spinkling it with Tide laundry powder and pulverizing it in, then letting it dissolve the oil gradually with each rainfall, and finally getting the driveway oil spot remover from Rona/Home Depot and using a pressure washer to power it out.


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post Apr 24 2013 - 07:10 PM
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Easiest way to remove oil stains from a driveway is to pour coke in it. The acid in the coke will keep disolving the oil until it is gone. This is according to a post IT received on facebook to solve cleaning problems easily. It is worth a try. biggrin.gif


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post Apr 24 2013 - 08:43 PM
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Problem is, things that dissolve the oil will also dissolve the bitumen tarmac driveway... scratch.gif

Addendum: OK, I googled the Coca-Cola idea and it might be worth a try. Coke and kitty litter. Yummy!

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post Apr 25 2013 - 12:23 AM
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Coke won't work but to attract ants.

That email has been making the rounds since email has existed. Oh, which reminds me. I have to reply to that Nigerian prince!


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post Apr 25 2013 - 12:33 AM
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Noooo! He's promised to share his inheritance with ME! bangin.gif


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post Apr 25 2013 - 05:36 AM
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Do ants like oil? There might be something there... Genetically modified ants. I wonder if DuPont already has a patent on that one?


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