how to get gas/oil mix off of black top

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by jeff_0, Aug 9, 2003.

  1. jeff_0

    jeff_0 LawnSite Senior Member
    from md
    Messages: 401

    i had my friend give me a hand last week and he turned over the gas/oil me. now there's a stain on my cust driveway. anyone know what to use to get it off
  2. mottster

    mottster LawnSite Member
    Messages: 191

    A Match? :blob2:

    Sorry, i'm a pyro.
  3. work_it

    work_it LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 976

    Try carying a bag of cat litter in the truck. Once you pour it over the spill work it in with a push broom. Sweep it into a dustpan and take it with you. Don't blow it off into the grass unless you want to explain why the lawn is dead too! It may take a few times, and you may not get it all, but if it hasn't been too long you can get the majority of it off the blacktop. If that doesn't help pour the mix over the whole drive and blend it in. lol Just kidding!:blob2: :laugh:
  4. pinnacle

    pinnacle LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 791

    If its ashphalt use a solvent
    Apply it then leave it for an hour and blast it with a presure cleaner.
  5. tiedeman

    tiedeman LawnSite Fanatic
    from earth
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  6. Richard Martin

    Richard Martin LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,699

    I do not recommend the use of any solvents on bitiminous concrete (asphalt). Solvents can damage the binding agents in asphalt possibly making the problem worse. Simple laundry detergent with water and a scrub brush will remove a good deal of the stain. If there is any stain left you can either let Mother Nature finish up the job (it takes time) or seal the asphalt.
  7. GLAN

    GLAN Banned
    Messages: 1,647

    Sorry to say that where you spilled the gas will never be the same.

    Blacktop is bound together with a tar compound. Tar is petroleum based. Gas and tar do not go well together.
  8. lawncare3

    lawncare3 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,981

    We think alike. :)
  9. cos

    cos LawnSite Addict
    Messages: 1,253

    I got this bottle for removing stains from black top. I haven't used it yet. When I coat the driveway, I will give it a shot before. I bought it at Homedepot. It was right next to where the black top coating was.
  10. pinnacle

    pinnacle LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 791

    You right Richard
    I just talked to a mate from Shell tecnical services and I apologise for my miss information. A dish washing detergent is recomended for your stain. A degreaser mixed with the detergent would help too.

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