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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

Tip

  • 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.

About the Author

Ashley Friedman graduated from Sarah Lawrence College in 2003 with a Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing and Social Sciences. She has experience writing copy for the websites of creative professionals, and regularly contributes to several blogs covering popular culture, travel, food, and social action.