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Old 03-22-2009, 10:11 AM   #1
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Default How to clean oil stain off our blacktop driveway?

Our minivan blew it's oil filter on the drive home last week and there is an oil line about 1 mile down the highway, makes a right turn 1/4 and a left right into our driveway. Where the van parked is a spot about 8 feet round. Luckily the motor didn't seize but the stain on the driveway is huge and embarrassing.
Besides having the driveway resurfaced is there any sure fire method to clean it? I tried using car wash soap, Dawn and a broom but it didn't even put a dent in it.
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Old 03-22-2009, 10:19 AM   #2
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Beats me. Would a weed burner get the oil out?
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Old 03-22-2009, 10:42 AM   #3
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I am going thru a similar situation with a diesel fuel leak at my office, not much helps) got some driveway cleaner from autozone, poured it on and left it alone, as it has rained lately the spot has gotten smaller, I suppose it will take a couple more applications to get it out

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Old 03-22-2009, 10:51 AM   #4
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take kitty litter and use the back of your push broom to crunch it in.

Then sweep and repeat. (It acts as an absorbent)

Finally get a power washer to finish the job. Buy some driveway cleaner at the hardware store.

BTW why did the filter blow? Poor Design? Left it loose?
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Old 03-22-2009, 10:58 AM   #5
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take kitty litter and use the back of your push broom to crunch it in.

Then sweep and repeat. (It acts as an absorbent)

Finally get a power washer to finish the job. Buy some driveway cleaner at the hardware store.

BTW why did the filter blow? Poor Design? Left it loose?
plus degreaser
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Old 03-22-2009, 11:01 AM   #6
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BTW why did the filter blow? Poor Design? Left it loose?
It was a defective filter
I analyzed it after I removed it and there was a tear in the sheetmetal under the rubber gasket. Looks like it allowed the oil to push under the gasket and finally worked it's way out. The guy at the auto parts store said the best he could do was to offer me a free replacement and his apologies. Last time I use STP, that's a fact!
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Easy solution is to extend the stain to the edges of the drive and draw a line across the area and squate off the stain. Then it will look it belongs there.
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go to home depot and get some concrete cleaner.
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Old 03-22-2009, 12:04 PM   #9
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I have a very slow leak in my 2001 pathfinder that's not worth the $ to fix.

Consequently, I have a nice oil slick where I park.

What about gasoline (unlit) or another organic solvent and a push broom?
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Old 03-22-2009, 12:38 PM   #10
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I have a very slow leak in my 2001 pathfinder that's not worth the $ to fix.

Consequently, I have a nice oil slick where I park.

What about gasoline (unlit) or another organic solvent and a push broom?
Gasoline will act as a solvent and will break up the oil part of the asphalt mix. We had a gas spill of about 3 gallons at out shop from a vehicle that was parked on asphalt. After about an hour, we saw cracks forming on the area and the next day, we could pull chunks of the asphalt up

Try some undiluted Simple Green on the spill and let it sit for a few minutes. Then brush with a stiff bristle push broom (get one to throw away) and use kitty litter to absorb the stuff. Try a few applications and on the last one, hose the area down.

If that doesn't clean it off, you may have to use a solvent and get some blacktop coating/sealer and apply over the entire driveway.
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I don't see the problem. Asphalt is actually a controlled oil spill. It's like mixing water and water.
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Have them come seal it for a couple hundred bucks. They should pressure wash it first, and the sealant should cover the remaining oil.
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I don't see the problem. Asphalt is actually a controlled oil spill. It's like mixing water and water.
Which is kind of the problem. I don't want to draw the oils out of the asphalt and destroy it. I have a can of foaming coil cleaner which I tried on a previous smaller spill. It cleaned it but turned the asphalt brown, drawing most of the oils out. It's kind of a fine line between getting the oil up and damaging the driveway.
c4cruiser has some good advise, especially since I can get Simple Green for free
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Clearly you need to rip out an replace your driveway.
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Clean the surface with some detergent so that there is no free oil left and leave the rest to soak in and become part of the asphalt. In a couple of months go ahead and seal the driveway if you want the spot to not show.
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All I do is take a small amount of lawnmower gas and pour on it. Let it soak for a few minutes and rinse it off with a water hose. It will look like it not going to work, but when it dries the spot is gone.
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All I do is take a small amount of lawnmower gas and pour on it. Let it soak for a few minutes and rinse it off with a water hose. It will look like it not going to work, but when it dries the spot is gone.
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Doesn't gasoline dissolve & break up asphalt?
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Doesn't gasoline dissolve & break up asphalt?
Your right....mine is concrete. I need to read closer.:o
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on our concrete driveway, I scrub a degreaser (purple power is what I use) to get rid of as much as possible. Afterwards, I take kitty litter and grind it in with a brick or my shoe and let it sit. It takes a few weeks, but the kitty litter will slowly absorb it.

Oil does not bind to concrete, but concrete is porous. detergents will dissolve oil, but unless you have something to absorb it, it will settle back into the concrete.

I've also read of people using concrete powder to absorb oil stains, but you obviously have to keep moisture away from it.
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