How To Remove Paint Spatter From Furniture

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A professional paint job not only looks great, but it can also save you a ton of effort, stress, and problems, one of which is getting paint spatter everywhere. Professional painters make sure your furniture is packed and out of the way before they start painting. However, despite the numerous benefits of professional home painting, many homeowners decide to DIY, which ends up costing them more.

Even if you take precautions, something or the other can go wrong, so instead of focusing on all the ways paint can get on your furniture, let us focus on how we can remove it! Furniture with paint spatters looks unsightly, so if you want your home to look good, follow the steps stated below.

How to Remove Paint from Leather

For A Water-Based Paint Stain

1. Try to scrape the paint spatter off with a credit card, plastic scraper, or dull knife; be careful not to scratch the leather.

2. Use a wet cloth and gently rub out the stain. Try to use as little water as possible as water is not leather-friendly.

For An Oil-Based Paint Stain

1. Apply baby oil or olive oil to a rag and wipe the oil into the stain to break up the paint.

2. Next, use a dry cloth to blot up wet paint, and since paint can stain the cloth, use a new cloth to avoid further messing up the stained area. 

3. After the paint is removed, use a damp cloth and dish soap to remove excess oil from the leather.

For Tougher Stains

1. Dab some nail polish remover or rubbing alcohol on a cotton swab or cotton ball and gently rub to remove the stain.

If nail polish remover or rubbing alcohol does not do the trick, try using chemicals, but before you do that, test it on a small part to see if they damage the leather.

1. Apply the cleaning chemical to a cotton swab or cotton ball (be sure first to remove any excess nail polish remover or alcohol) and gently rub it on the stain till the paint is entirely removed.

2. Use a damp cloth with mild dish soap and rub to remove all chemical residue from the leather.

3. Use a leather conditioner to restore and further condition the leather.

How to Remove Paint from Wood

For a Small Stain

1. To remove dried paint, lightly scrape with a credit card or plastic putty knife or a credit card. If the paint does not come off quickly, do not apply pressure or force it, or you might scratch the finish.

If gentle scraping does not work, try this method.

1. Pour a few drops of olive oil on the dried paint to soften it.

2. Cover the stain with a cloth and let the oil soak in for about an hour.

3. Use a rag to wipe off the paint, or use a plastic paint scraper to scrape it off.

For a Large Stain

1. Rub ice on the splatter for five minutes to freeze the paint so it becomes brittle enough to be easily chipped off with a plastic paint scraper.

For Surfaces That Do Not Have a Lacquer Finish

1. Apply nail polish remover to a cotton swab or cotton ball and gently rub to remove the stain.

For a Latex Paint Stain

1. To remove the stain without damaging the wood, use denatured alcohol and a clean rag.

For an Oil-Based Paint Stain

1. Use mineral spirits to clean the surface but make sure not to soak the wood to avoid damage.

2. Once the paint is removed, wipe the surface with clean water and dry.

3. If there is discoloring, use a wood finish repair pen to touch up.

For an Oil-Based Gloss Enamel Stain

Oil-based gloss enamel paints have a stiff consistency, so warm the interior paint with a hairdryer to soften it to avoid scratching the finish while scraping. Do not use a heat gun to soften the paint, as it can damage the finish.

1. Set the hairdryer heat on maximum and hold it around 3 inches away from the paint for 10 to 20 seconds.

2. After removing the heat, use a plastic scraper to remove the paint.

How to Remove Paint from Plastic

For Oil-Based Paint Stains

Do not use commercial paint removers as they can melt the plastic.

1. Use vegetable oil to soften the paint.

2. Gently scrape the paint with a plastic putty knife.

3. Clean the surface with mild dish soap and a wet washcloth.

For Tougher Stains

1. Apply nail polish remover or denatured alcohol to a cotton swab or cotton ball and gently rub off the interior wall paint.

2. Clean the surface with dish soap and warm water.

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