How to Remove Painted Screws

When performing home renovations, you might give your screws or hinges a once over with a paint brush.

Perhaps it is to conceal the screw heads, or maybe you did it accidentally. Once the paint has sunk deep into the grooves of the screw head, it can become difficult or impossible to remove the screws. Consider a few things you can do to get a grasp of the screw heads to remove these screws.

Use the sharp end of a screwdriver or putty knife to chip away at the paint. Be cautious so as not to permanently damage the screw head. If you don't mind damaging the hinges, use a wire brush.

If the paint is too thick to reach with either tool, apply solvent very lightly to the paint. The paint solvent will dissolve most paint.

Use a knife to slice through the paint accumulated between the screw head and the surface. If this seal is not broken, the screw will remain stuck to the surface.

With the paint broken, you can use an everyday screwdriver to manually remove the screw. Using an electric screwdriver might damage the paint around the screw head.

Things You Will Need

  • Screwdriver
  • Solvent (optional)
  • Putty knife (optional)


About the Author

John Yargo is a sports writer, living in Orlando, Fla. His work regularly appears in the "Jackson Free Press," and he has published articles on theater, fiction and art history. He has also received a master's degree in English.