How to Remove Oil Based Paint Stains on Furniture
Oil-based paint is fabulous until it gets onto your furniture. To remove oil-based paint, use a simple application of soap and water to do the trick, and stronger ingredients may be necessary. As annoying as it can be to have to remove oil-based paint from your furniture, it does not have to be an ordeal. With the help of a commercial acetone product or petroleum distillate, you can accomplish most oil-based paint stain removal relatively easily.
- Scrape off all the excess paint you can remove using the scraping tool. Put only moderate pressure on the tool to avoid damaging the surface of your furniture.
- Dampen the surface with using a white cloth dipped in warm water. Use only white cloths or white paper towels because any colored cloth might transfer dye onto your furniture.
- Dip a clean cloth or paper towel into the turpentine or acetate solvent.
- Blot the stain with the cloth, attempting to break up the stain.
- Repeat, using a clean area of the cloth each time until the stain has disappeared.
- If the furniture you are treating is not made of fabric, skip down to step 8. Mix a qt. of water with a tsp. of dish washing liquid, and apply the solution to the stain with a white cloth if the furniture you are treating is fabric. Allow the detergent to sit on the stain overnight.
- Rinse the treated fabric by dipping a cloth in warm water and blotting it until you have removed all traces of the detergent.
- Wipe down the formerly stained area with warm water and dry with a soft cloth.
- Allow the furniture to dry in a well-ventilated area.
Things You Will Need
- Petroleum distillate such as turpetine or an acetone-based solvent such as nail polish remover
- Clean white cloths or paper towels
- Warm water
- Mild liquid dish soap
- Scraping tool
- When dealing with very delicate fabric on furniture or on very old furniture, it may be wise to take it to a professional to avoid damage or discoloration.