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    hey guys,

    we have had too many Toyotas and Fords over at our place recently and mums noticed a stack of oil marks on our driveway and naturally she wants them gone.

    do you guys know of anything that will remove oil from the driveway? its an asphalt driveway.

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    In the past, & b4 water restrictions in Syd, we used to hire a gernie & that worked wonders.

    Just a high compresssion water gun from kennards or any equipment hire store.

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    Try a bit of Phenyle (a.k.a. "Wheelie bin cleaner") leave overnight and wash off in the morning. Water soluble so I doubt it will cause any ashphalt problems.
    Chemical degreasers you may find aren't all that friendly to bitumen bases.


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    Kitty litter does a good job of soaking up oil. Needs to be left in place for a few days though.

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    Apparently, motor oil makes asphalt soft (dissolves it) and can then wash out to leave a hole - this may take a bigger pool of oil - but it does happen.

    The stuff they sprinkle on racetracks after a car has dropped oil on the surface, is cement dust. This combines with the oil and forms a hard surface again.

    Might be worth a try?

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    alrighty.... cheers guys for the responses. ill run these past the parents and see what they say, they have absolutely no idea so you have been a big help!

    if you have any others, keep em coming

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    This works a treat on concrete, not sure about ashphalt

    Get some common kitchen salt, sprinkle liberally over the oil patch, then rub it in with your foot, the salt will turn black, then sweep it all away.

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    Had a chance to try my own theories last night.
    Had a problem with a damaged cutting deck on a slasher; #1 son, legend at overkill, tips the thing over on the carport floor to spend a couple of hours welding things back together as well as doing a few mods by which time about 2 litres of SAE30 have deposited themselves on afoiresaid floor (concrete admittedly) so hit it with about a bottle of kero and scrubbed it in to soften the sump oil. Poured a half bottle of Phenyle onto it and mixed it all together with an old broom, mixed about a cupful of Truck Wash 18 with a couple of litres of water, swilled it across the lot and swept off with a broom.
    Whole job took less than 10 minutes and like a brand new floor this morning.
    Can't see any of what I used should affect ashphalt.


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    good dishwashing liquid

    fantastic stuff for getting rid of oil

    think about it, it get's all your greasy pots and pans and plates clean

    i use it quite often and always works, then again so did the carby clean the other day
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    Interestingly, Practical Classics just tested oil absorbers and rated Kitty Litter as their best buy. Of course, this doesn't get rid of it all, but the excess is gone, then use degreasers like Alan mentioned for the rest. Long term stains come off with hydrochloric acid.

    (Us pool owners LOVE that hydrochloric ssssssssssssssssssssssound.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stuey
    Interestingly, Practical Classics just tested oil absorbers and rated Kitty Litter as their best buy. Of course, this doesn't get rid of it all, but the excess is gone, then use degreasers like Alan mentioned for the rest. Long term stains come off with hydrochloric acid.

    (Us pool owners LOVE that hydrochloric ssssssssssssssssssssssound.)

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    I've found the kitty litter works even better if you keep driving on it ,ponding it into dust.Por15 make a killer cleaner called marine clean ,that is super concentrate.good for re-paint preping too.
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    I d have to say hypo
    being a pool lifeguard for 3 years when I was younger, I used to get it straight from the vat and man it can bleach any surface really.

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    Grandmothers cure all for stains.
    Get two blocks of plain yellow sunlight soap and grate them finely. Add to about a litre of boiling water, small handfuls and stir in gently until dissolved, a further litre of boiling water to be added throughout the process. Let the brew cool overnight. In the morning there should be a very thick goo of soap. Get a good fist full and dollop onto the oily patch and scrub in. Let sit overnight and scrub off with water in the morning.

    It will not affect the asphalt and won't gas/poison you in the process. Try to collect the run-off as the soap and dissolved oil is not good for the gay whales landrights.
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    at my old house i used a *lot* of ordinary dishwashing detergent poured directly onto the oily area

    would let it sit for a couple of hours then get out the outdoor broom and a plastic scrubbing brush

    the once oily areas became the cleanest part of the driveway

    and it would only cost about $4 and a bit of elbow grease

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    Quote Originally Posted by PSvensson
    I d have to say hypo
    being a pool lifeguard for 3 years when I was younger, I used to get it straight from the vat and man it can bleach any surface really.

    Dan
    Just the thing for removing those pesky tar stains from ones lungs.

    That stuff will damage your gizzards and at low concentrations.
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