Getting stain off of paint

macvirtualasstJanuary 3, 2013

I have browsed these forums and have not found anything other than "paint over it". However, I am hoping for a miracle. Is there any way to remove stain, for example, Minnwax, that got on a painted wall by mistake, while leaving the paint intact?

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You're talking about wood stain? Probably not.

If the paint is flat, it's going to be very porous and will absorb and hold the stain. I assume this is what you have, since you would have probably been able to wipe it off of enamel paint pretty well.

Stains come in two types: dye and pigment. Dyes are dissolved in a solvent, pigments are fine powders that have to be suspended in a liquid to do their job. If it's a pigment type, and porous paint, you'll likely never get those tiny particles out of the paint. If it's a dye type, you could try using whatever solvent (paint thinner or water) on a rag and see if it takes it out. This is a totally wild guess, so take it with a grain of salt.

Failing that, you'd have to repaint. Might have to use a stain blocker primer like Kilz to keep it from bleeding through.

    Bookmark   January 4, 2013 at 10:48AM
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Ahh, No.

    Bookmark   January 4, 2013 at 9:43PM
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Thanks everyone... we just painted over it and it looks okay...

    Bookmark   January 9, 2013 at 8:39PM
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