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Cement Fix
updated: Jun 10, 2014, 10:11 AM

By Patricia

Can anybody tell me an easy way to get dog paw prints out of cement?

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 SHARE agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-10 10:19 AM

Time ;-)

 

 COMMENT 526823 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-10 10:23 AM

Paw prints in cement are cute and timeless.

 

 COMMENT 526826 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-10 10:33 AM

I, also, think they are adorable!

 

 COMMENT 526827 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-10 10:33 AM

why would you want to?

 

 COMMENT 526828 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-10 10:36 AM

NOOOOOOO... don't do it! Leave something for the archaeologists to find in 2324!

 

 COMMENT 526829 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-10 10:52 AM

Quikrete makes a "Gray Self leveling Concrete Crack Seal". You can use it to fill in the depressions but it won't make the concrete look like new again. It'll be flat but still have the shape of a paw print as the colours won't perfectly match.

 

 COMMENT 526833 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-10 10:55 AM

Did this happen while drying?

 

 COMMENT 526838 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-10 11:06 AM

chip off any high ridges & fill in the defect with mortar

 

 COMMENT 526841 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-10 11:11 AM

1) it is concrete, 2) it is permanent. The only option would be to chip out the spot(s) and fill in it with more concrete. But then you'll have a patch and it'll never be perfect and will probably crack around the patch(es).

 

 COMMENT 526844 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-10 11:19 AM

Have you tried praying? What would scooby do?

 

 COMMENT 526849 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-10 11:25 AM

844 for the win!

 

 COMMENT 526852P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-10 11:34 AM

841 Thank you! Concrete!

 

 COMMENT 526864 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-10 11:52 AM

Why would you want to?? What a cute memory that will be one day!

 

 COMMENT 526866 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-10 11:54 AM

Lots and lots of scrubbing.

Or have the offending dog immortalized at your local taxidermist in the correct configuration, and stand him/her up in the prints, so they can't be seen.

Or, paint them different colors so the imperfection becomes an enhancement.

 

 COMMENT 526867 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-10 11:54 AM

841 in correct in pointing out that a patch will be obvious. So make the patch a feature. Draw a heart enclosing PT loves XL. Put a child's hand print in the patch. Write "Lance" so everyone can walk on it all day. Put in a $ sign. Allow yourself to have fun with lemons.

 

 TWO ABBYS agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-10 12:23 PM

Paw prints are so cool! When my parents sold the house I grew up in, I dug up the brick in the terrace that had a cat paw print and carried it across the country where it now has a place of honor in my sidewalk.

 

 COMMENT 526880 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-10 12:39 PM

Etch a set of tyrannosaurus rex foot prints where the dog prints end, pointed in the opposite direction.

 

 COMMENT 526885 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-10 12:58 PM

You can probably buy some "Cement Smoothing Fix" at the Home Improvement Center on Guiterrez St. It comes in a spray bottle ($18-20ish per bottle) and you spray the "offending" area and let it soak in for about 20 minutes. After 20 minutes spray it on again and let it soak for an hour or so. Take a cement smoothing trowel and slowly "smoosh" and adjust the cement until the dog print is no longer visible. Done deal and not very expensive or difficult job at all.

 

 COMMENT 526889P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-10 01:09 PM

Have any of you ever thought maybe the paw prints were not from the owner's dog? Perhaps they were already there when they moved on.

Or, they had the cement poured & some other dog came by & printed it while it cured?

How about it, OP?

 

 COMMENT 526893 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-10 01:27 PM

I love dog prints in cement. The last time I walked down Canon Perdido (near the corner of Garden St), there was a trail of teeny tiny dog (or cat) prints that trailed down the cement. There was also a date in the same cement of 1927, I think. Now I want to go see if they are still there!

 

 COMMENT 526900 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-10 01:38 PM

No, we saved ours and glad we did now he has gone. Very large paws to remember a very large dog with an enormous heart.

 

 COMMENT 526917P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-10 02:13 PM

Stupid Edhat server. I wrote a nice note to you, OP, and Edhat's server erased it before I could submit it.

Patricia, I sympathize with you. We had one of our neighbors skirt barriers and cones we had put up, to protect our newly poured $6,000 driveway. Nov. '93. Cold weather really helped us out.

We got up the morning after the big job was completed and discovered about a dozen dog prints and some lines, where a ball had been tossed so that the dog would run on the new concrete. Deliberately done or just plain stupid? We'll never know.

Fortunately, we were able to, as 885 puts it, "smoosh" out the prints. My boyfriend really got to work, in all that cold, which was a s--t job, messing with the concrete. He did beautiful repair work; you'd never know the dog prints had been there.

I hope you can rework your concrete. You didn't write if these are newly made prints or old. My boyfriend says the spray stuff from H.I.C. won't work, if the prints are old and deep.

If you can't get out those prints, I think perhaps you should mix up a bit of quikrete and imprint some Liquidambar or Silk oak leaves. You could leave these imprints, commemorating your own time on this planet. There are loads of Liquidambar trees on Laguna St, just south of Roosevelt school.

If the concrete is years old, you will have to chip out those prints in order to fill in with new quikrete.

@893. See 841's comment. It's concrete. Cement is an ingredient of concrete.

 

 COMMENT 526942 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-10 04:05 PM

Just leave the dog in next time. It will make a great conversation piece...

 

 MTNDRIVER agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-10 11:07 PM

A dog paw mark is always going to be more attractive than any patch to cover or repair it. Go with the flow--leave it and learn to love it.

 

 COMMENT 527025 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-11 07:42 AM

If it is in a convent place you could put a pot or bin over it and if was your dogs paw print it is cute and add a child or your foot hand print. Hand prints from across time has been in caves for ages and you could add decorative sand prints of ancient fish, animal, lizard bones. It could a sign for you to get creative and more decorated than to be synthetic perfect.

 

 ANDY agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-11 07:53 AM

Paw prints rule...Cement is a fine powder and also a verb as in to 'cement a relationship'. Concrete is the word you are looking for.

 

 FLICKA agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-11 09:36 AM

Well, with all the "leave them" comments (which I agree with), we need to consider how many there are. A few can be cute, but, as 917 explained, having enough to make an ugly mess is another thing. There are wonderful suggestions here about how to turn the prints (lemons) into art (lemonade). To the OP, I'd suggest you call a concrete business for help if you just want to get rid of the prints.

 

 DOG MOM agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-11 05:11 PM

Maybe a pot or patio furniture over the area(s) w/ the paw prints.......

 

 COMMENT 527388 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-12 06:37 AM

Sledge Hammer

 

 COMMENT 527478 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-12 11:22 AM

Yarn bomb


Seriously though, Sand blast or acid wash/scrub

 

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