I recently paid to have my house exterior painted and the contractor did not adequately control for overspray, and it is now all along my house along the bottom of the stucco and the concrete. Contractor says it can be cleaned, but I'm not sure how.

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    Any reason you don't hold them accountable?
    – DogBoy37
    Commented May 26 at 13:59
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    Only pay the final amount once they have cleaned up. You did not pay in full did you....
    – Solar Mike
    Commented May 26 at 14:06
  • "how" may involve solvents, sandblasting, ... and is their problem if they want the "job complete" payment. They could have masked.
    – keshlam
    Commented May 26 at 14:41
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    The longer you wait, the harder it will be to remove latex paint. You may get it off by wetting it with straight soapy ammonia from a pump spray bottle, then scrubbing with a bristle brush, rinsing with a garden hose. Note that a pressure washer will make the concrete look "too clean" wherever it hits, and has a good chance of blasting stucco right off the house unless great care is taken. The painter is responsible, as others have pointed out.
    – MTA
    Commented May 26 at 15:40
  • I think it is ok for it to look "too clean". The concrete they oversprayed onto is actually only about 8 months old. Also, I have not paid in full. In actuality, I've only paid ~50% of the total cost so far. The next progress payment was supposed to be due, but I am withholding it for now until they fix this.
    – user188973
    Commented May 26 at 18:33

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If it is on a non-painted surface then hot water - really hot - with some mild detergent and a brush will work.

If it is on a painted surface I honestly wouldn't touch it. While it might drive you nuts if you are up close to see the overspray, trying to remove it will likely remove the original paint or some of it thereby compromising the surrounding paint.

Better solution is the painting company should be accountable for their mistake. I would make them fix it... It doesn't matter how hard that fix is.

  • Thank you. I am withholding final payment until that is fixed. So far, I've paid about 50% of the total cost. They are returning tomorrow to fix this, I am just unsure if it was possible or they were BSing me. It sounds like it is fixable, just not by me.
    – user188973
    Commented May 26 at 18:32

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