Question by  sayswhat (25)

How do I go about removing latex paint from woodwork?

I was painting in my childrens bedroom and got paint on some of the natural wood work. I have to get it off.


Answer by  joshm89 (491)

The best chemical I have used to remove this was Goof-off. I sprayed it on where needed to and let it sit for about five to ten minutes, and then it dissolves the majority of it for you. Afterwards, just make sure to take a cloth and wipe gently to get what was left.


Answer by  joebob31 (622)

It should be able to be removed with some typical household cleaners and some elbow grease. Latex paint is water based so using some soapy water and a rag or a stiff brush should remove the paint. You could also use 409 cleaner or even some very fine sandpaper.


Answer by  Michael1419 (39)

Sandpaper and some elbow grease will clean up latex paint spots. For stubborn spots try gently scraping with a razor blade. Sand and scrape evenly to avoid dimples.


Answer by  chinthamani (63)

Removing latex paint is very difficult to me. I like to use denatured alcohol and a rag. You might also try goof off. Try lacquer thinner as a last resort.


Answer by  ginevra46 (237)

There is a product that is called lift off that is very good for removing dried latex paint without harming the finish of your woodwork.


Answer by  Liz59 (10966)

Well if you want to remove the latex, you have to get some hot boiled alcohol over the substance and remove all of the paint accordingly by scraping it off.


Answer by  beck (1099)

Start with a gentle rub with 000 steel wool and water. The faster you do this after the accident the better it will work. Strippers will remove the varnish too.


Answer by  LeheckaG (1826)

Remove latex-paint from natural wood-work with: Oil-soap (like Murphy's), warm to hot water, cloths (if-necessary: plastic-brushes), & lots of "elbow-grease"; or a razor-blade/scraper. Afterwards, Be careful to dry the wood to prevent staining. After you're sure that your natural-wood-work is dry, Re-apply some of its-finish and/or polish/wax as appropriate.


Answer by  Rajiv (51)

The latex paint is the water-based paint that has a latex binder. This can be clearly removed with the help of Methylene Chloride based chemical Stripper.


Answer by  TwoToneDodge (2204)

Try splash rubbing alcohol onto the paint that has dried onto the wood floor. Let it sit on the spot for a few minutes and then grab a rag or another paint brush. Once the paint has softened from the alcohol you should be able to rub it right off.

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