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    Removing oil from driveway?

    So, I have a aggregate concrete driveway and its been liberally dosed with diff oil over a few months.

    I've tried degreaser (2 x spray tins), detergent and pressure washer but its still there.

    Has anyone got suggestions as to the best way to address?
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    I've never tried it but I've heard that 'liquid magnet' works. My dad used to swear by it.
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    Watching with interest. Same problem but also the black engine oil and used oil from gearbox drippings and a mix of new from servicing 110 on the driveway. I leave a sheet of plywood under the truck to catch as much oil dripping as I can but I turn the truck 90 deg to get to the park and sometimes when running over the ply it twists and ends up elsewhere under the truck and oil stains happen...

    I see a newish product (new to me anyway) on the market from CRC called Oil Eater. CRC Oil Eater - Remove Oil Stains From Concrete - CRC NZ

    Going to give that a go so will report back.

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    There are lots of Youtube videos on this with mixed results - the most effective does seem to be dishwashing liquid that is left in for quite a while before removing.

    I have found plain sunlight and 12 months time seems to work the best - the sunlight encourages the oil eating bacteria and they do their work but takes a long time.
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    I should add I need a shorter term "impatient missus" solution
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    When you own Land Rovers itís just easier to live with the oil stains or park it on the grass. Removing oil from driveway?Removing oil from driveway?


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    Quote Originally Posted by VladTepes View Post
    So, I have a aggregate concrete driveway and its been liberally dosed with diff oil over a few months.

    I've tried degreaser (2 x spray tins), detergent and pressure washer but its still there.

    Has anyone got suggestions as to the best way to address?
    The concrete sealer I used is Ausseal Curite sealer. The guy doing my aggregate concrete driveway which is a used it. My 40 year old garage floor concrete got it after using Xylene and a stiff brush. It looks like new now.

    Suspect the acid might do the trick for you. adding the Curite or similar may allow you to just hose it off next time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NavyDiver View Post
    The concrete sealer I used is Ausseal Curite sealer. The guy doing my aggregate concrete driveway which is a used it. My 40 year old garage floor concrete got it after using Xylene and a stiff brush. It looks like new now.

    Suspect the acid might do the trick for you. adding the Curite or similar may allow you to just hose it off next time.
    I use something very similar and it's fine.......... know its limitations though.

    DON'T spill acetone or xylene on it.

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    ...time is all you need. Oil stains from Landies marking their territory just become part of the patina of the driveway

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