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Old 05-21-2002, 09:26 PM
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Removing oil from blacktop

Being diesel owners, some of you guys should know some tricks or something to get oil and ATF out of the blacktop.

My SDL leaked about 3 qts of ATF overnight because I tightened down the trans pan wrong and pinched the gasket. DAMN.

Now I have a huge mess in front of my house where I park my car, and on top of that all the previous oil drippings and small fluid changing accidents. It looks like hell.

I tried poruing dish soap on there then spraying the hell out of the area for a good half our, it didn't even put a dent in the mess. I tried kitty litter but it was too soaked into the blacktop to do any good.

Any ideas??

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Trisodium Phosphate in hot water... brushed on , left overnight... You could make a paste to leave on it... repeat in morning.... spray off...be sure it has phosphate in it.. some places are selling TSP but have taken out what made it work.... LOL..... You may have to use a GI brush and use circular motion , really scrubbing it... and you may have to do it do the whole driveway to keep this area from winding up so much cleaner than the rest that it is unsightly... LOL... greg

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Old 05-21-2002, 10:38 PM
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I've had decent results with Mineral Spirits/Paint Thinner, but that was with fairly fresh stains...I don't know how it would work on old stains.

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Well, remember that we would not want to use anything which disolved the driveway... LOL...
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Old 05-21-2002, 11:40 PM
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hahaha...Now that I think about it, I used it on cement, not asphalt...so I don't know how it would work on that.

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You may have saved TurboDiesel's marriage by remembering that in a timely manner... LOL
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Having a great distaste for oil stains in the driveway, I have used Home Depot's Citrus Cleaner/Degreaser (BIG Orange bottle). It cuts oil/grease pretty good. Cleans engines, wheels, anyhting with grease on it. You may still have a mark on the blacktop but the heavy residue will be gone.
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Powdered laundry soap works well also.
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Old 05-23-2002, 10:53 AM
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you cant remove the stains

Given the nature of asphalt and its chemical similarity to diesel oil (they're both petroleum-based, they both contain lots of impurities, black and gewey), once the stain is in place, there is no product that is going to majically remove the undesired diesel oil and leave the desired asphalt in place, and restore original color of driveway!

The only real way to get rid of stains is to soak/scrub the oil with good soap or detergent 3 or 4 times to get rid of the bulk of loose oil. Then coat the entire driveway with that black seal-coat stuff for asphalt (home depot, etc.)

Seal coat is just an impure petroleum product (black gewey liquid asphalt crap) similar in many ways to diesel engine oil, except for having lots more tar and solids with more volatile liquids.

I would think you want to get as much diesel oil up and let the rest "weather" and soak into the asphalt for a month or so prior to seal coating.
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Old 05-23-2002, 03:25 PM
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Its actually on the street in front of my house.

I gave it a good scrubbing and wrinsing with some TSP, I think that did the trick. Thanks for the suggestions!
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Bump

I think this is thread is a good one since the weather's gotten nice and we're more prone to be working on our cars outside and sometimes making a mess on the blacktop.
Yes, I got a mess on my driveway.
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The stuff y'all are metioning is nice, but for the best result with least work, hit the grocery store, fetch a 2 liter of cola, and slowly pour said pop on your stain. Some magic in the cola will eat the oil and with sun and a bit of rain, the whole thing is gone in a few days.
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As mentioned powered detergent works well if the oil is still wet. Petrolium cleaners will tend to disolve the tar if the street is black topped. I have had good luck with cleaners that contain caustic. Caustic (lye) is what breaks down oil and grease in soaps. Remember Granny's tales about 'lye soap'? For cleaning heavy, baked on grease any on the standard over cleaners work well. Another very good product is Johnson and Johnson's 'Bravo' floor wax stripper. It comes in a spay can and is about as powerful as you can get without going to straight caustic. Wear goggles when you mess with this stuff. It won't blind you but it will sure make you want to be doing something else if it gets into your eyes.
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Pour-n-Restore

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