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paint spill on wood floor

Posted by jane__ny (My Page) on
Mon, Jul 13, 09 at 15:43

White semi-gloss, latex paint splatters on newly (4 months) polyed floor. The stain and poly are latex.

Any suggestions for getting this off without hurting the finish? The paint has been on the floor for at least a month.


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RE: paint spill on wood floor

I'd attack the splatters individually, first trying popping the splatters off with my thumbnail. Scraping it carefully with a hard wood or plastic scraper might also work. Craft-type exacto knives also have different blades that could be used, though the metal blades stand a better chance of cutting the floor finish.
Wiping the splatters first with mineral spirits might help soften the paint, but could also soften the floor finish so should be tested first and not left on for an extended time.

RE: paint spill on wood floor

I ditto Randy's advice. I always pick them off with my fingernails. It helps to have a wet wash cloth to scrub with a bit first.
Too bad about the splatters.

RE: paint spill on wood floor

Try rubbing alcohol (isopropyl) or denatured alcohol.

Neither should bother a cured polyurethane finish.

RE: paint spill on wood floor

Thanks for the advice. I'll give it a try tomorrow.

To make matters worse, the paint is right in the middle of the floor. Didn't notice it because an area rug was covering it.


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