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How to Get Dried Paint Off Furniture

You probably have a love-hate relationship with paint. You love what a fresh coat of paint can do for a room but dread what paint splatters can do to your furniture. If this has happened to you, consider the type of furniture: wood, leather, suede or fabric. Not all paint splatters can be treated equally.

Things You Will Need

  • Utility knife or putty knife
  • Clean white rags
  • Water
  • Latex removers, such as Goof-Off or Lift Off
  • Dove soap
  • Terry cloth washcloth
  • Gentle household cleaner

You probably have a love-hate relationship with paint.  You love what a fresh coat of paint can do for a room but dread what paint splatters can do to your furniture.

If this has happened to you, consider the type of furniture: wood, leather, suede or fabric.  Not all paint splatters can be treated equally.

Start with the simplest and gentle techniques to protect your furniture.  For leather and suede furniture, professional cleaning is the safest way to get the paint out without damaging your furniture.

  1. Scrape the paint splatters gently with a utility knife or metal putty knife to remove as much of the dried paint as you can. A paint spot on wood furniture with a glossy finish should pop right off.
  2. Look for an inconspicuous spot on your furniture where you can test a paint remover product. For hard surfaces, apply the product directly to the stain. Wait a minute or two, depending on the directions on your product.
  3. Spray the paint remover product onto a white cloth for upholstry furniture, and wait for it to work for several minutes.
  4. Use a clean rag to remove the chemical and, hopefully, the stain. If the stain isn't gone, repeat the application, wait a few minutes and rinse with a clean rag.
  5. Clean the area with a gentle household soap to remove any remaining stair or product. For leather or suede, Dove soap is recommended, followed by a gentle rubbing with an old terry cloth wash cloth.
  6. Tip

    Use a light touch on wood so you don't remove the finish under the paint.

    Warning

    If you are trying to remove paint on suede, use very little water.

Things You Will Need

  • Utility knife or putty knife
  • Clean white rags
  • Water
  • Latex removers, such as Goof-Off or Lift Off
  • Dove soap
  • Terry cloth washcloth
  • Gentle household cleaner

Tip

  • Use a light touch on wood so you don't remove the finish under the paint.

Warning

  • If you are trying to remove paint on suede, use very little water.

About the Author

Clare Bills is a writer, speaker and artist living in Ames, Iowa. She holds three Bachelor of Arts degrees, as well as a Master of Science in journalism/public relations. Bills worked in public relations for more than 15 years and now writes for several magazines and online sites. She is also the author of a foodblog: Nana Clare's Kitchen.