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Removing fence paint from concrete base panels

Discussion in 'In the Garden' started by John_ON, 12 Jul 2013.

  1. John_ON

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    Hi,

    I recently had my back fence renewed and gave it a good coat of preservative. http://blog.vwlowen.co.uk/?p=266

    However, my neighbour has painted his side and, to be honest, made a right mess with dozens of paint runs on the concrete base on my side.

    I've tried everything from bleach, white spirit, paint remover, wire brush and a rotary brush. They all have varying degrees of success but they all remove the surface from the concrete panels.

    The original surface is a sort of chalky white but, after removing the paint drips, I'm left with grey streaks (the colour of the underlying concrete) which looks almost as bad as the paint!

    I've come to the conclusion that the only remedy is to use masonry paint but I don't want to use brilliant white because (a) it wouldn't match other panels and (b) I think it's a bit too bright and 'in yer face'.

    I wonder if anyone has found a suitable colour? 'Chalk Lane' from B&Q *looks* about right on the computer but is actually described as yellow...

    Any other ideas appreciated :)

    Thanks,

    John.
     
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    Amazing! There's probably more disputes over boundaries than anything else!

    I was actually pleased when I heard them painting their side. As one poster commented in the other thread, it must be better than leaving just the tanalized wood --- PROVIDED they make a proper job of it. I was pleased that none of their dark brown paint came through the overlapping fence itself but then I looked down at the base panels!

    They've also hammered a couple of trellis panels onto their side without asking so will no doubt have the pleasure of watching something growing through in a few weeks' time.

    John.
     
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    My brother suggested I try giving the panels a cement wash. I suspect I did still need to use a wire brush to get rid of the waxy surface of the drips but it's come out quite well....

    http://blog.vwlowen.co.uk/?p=333

    John
     
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