Take the necessary steps for removing paint from most any surface.
NOTE It's always a good idea to wear protective eyewear and rubber gloves when working with caustic materials such chemical stripper and sharp tools.
Prepare The SurfaceThoroughly clean the surface of any dirt and grimeScrape any loose paint from surfaceIf indoors, have plenty of ventilation
Remove the Paint
Now, using the following example of a front porch (pictured), we'll go through the simple steps for removing paint.
Wearing your protective gear as discussed earlier, brush on the stripper to the surface with a disposable brush you can purchase at any hardware, or home store. Use a powerful stripper (like the one pictured).
Apply liberally and in even coats. Let sit for several minutes until it begins to blister.
Using a floor scraper (with razor edge), begin to scrape the paint off.
Repeat process for really heavy, thick paint.
(Understand that several applications may be required depending on the layers of existing old paint)
With a little hard work and perserverence, you can achieve the results you want. Just like the owner of the front porch (following pictures) elected to do, you can leave a nice, smooth concrete surface ...
... or simply add a new, fresh coat of paint.
Whichever way you decide, you now have the knowledge to help you on your way to getting a clean surface.
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