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My upstairs neighbor (well she said her cat did it) spilled black paint on her deck/patio last summer. It dripped for 10 minutes down the side of my exterior wall of my unit (outside). It's spilled all over the light fixture and on the bricks. We've had power washers try and get it off, but they weren't able to clean it up. What are my options for cleaning this up? The condo association is responsible for the exterior of the building, but they are not too diligent about cleaning this up. I'm more concerned about the bricks. The glass/metal light fixture can be replaced. What are my options for getting this cleaned up correctly?

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Do you know what type of paint it is? Your options will be different if it's gloss or emulsion (for example). – ChrisF Jul 19 '11 at 8:48
I do not, but I will ask her. – Not_MacGyver Jul 19 '11 at 16:12
it was latex paint – Not_MacGyver Jan 17 '12 at 23:33
up vote 4 down vote accepted

You might consider soda blasting. It's like sand blasting but uses industrial baking soda. One of the suggested uses is for removing graffiti from brick.

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corn products are good for this too – Evil Elf Jul 19 '11 at 13:43
what do you mean by corn? I'm a programmer, so I only know what corn bread is. Haha. – Not_MacGyver Jul 19 '11 at 16:12
Not sure how they cleaned it up, but if you need the same thing done, call them up: Nate Zellner or Nick Bellino @ DUCTZ/HOODZ of Greater Madison Area @ 608-849-5308 .. it was under $200 to clean up the brick wall. – Not_MacGyver Jan 17 '12 at 23:32
it was latex paint btw.. – Not_MacGyver Jan 17 '12 at 23:33

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