I would first determine what kind of coating you want to put on the drive
before I would decide how to remove the paint that is there.
I would also try and determine if it is paint or the drive and garage
epoxy sold by some big box stores.
If you live in an area prone to rain and/or snow than I would go for an
epoxy that has a texture to prevent slipping. If you go that route then
you don't mind if you scratch the surface of the drive when removing the
Either hire a professional to come do the job and they will remove the old
finish or go to your local rental place and get a concrete floor grinder,
they have 3 rotating diamond plates that will remove the finish and
slightly rough up the surface of the concrete.
When that is done use a shop vac and a powerful leaf blower to clean it.
Don't use a pressure washer unless you are going to give the concrete a
long time to dry.
When the surface is clean and dry you can put on the new finish.
If you are careful with the grinder you could stain the drive but every
scratch and stone (aggregate) will accept the stain differently so don't
expect a uniform look.
There are strippers and acids you can use but them you have a huge mess to
clean up and you have to protect the plants near by.
Some grinders can be connected to a shop vac to help control the dust
while working, others just don't so you have to clean up the dust
Don't forget to wear proper protective clothing and a mask, you don't want
to breath that concrete dust, it sucks coughing it back out and good luck
getting it out of your nose.
I hope this helps
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