Apply acetone to a cloth, until it is damp. Wear gloves to protect your skin from the chemical.
Scrub the paint with the damp cloth, thoroughly. Acetone starts dissolving paint at the top layer and works its way down to the bottom layer. Reapply acetone as needed.
Let the acetone soak into the paint for two to three minutes.
Use a plastic putty knife and scrape up the oil-based paint. For small crevices, use a toothpick to remove the paint.
Reapply acetone to the cloth and repeat the process until you've completely removed the paint.
Clean the area with a damp rag to remove debris.
Reapply varnish if needed.
Things You Will Need
- White cloth
- Plastic putty knife
- Safety goggles
- Personal respirator
- Toothpick (optional)
- Nail polish remover (optional)
- Varnish, if needed
- Use mineral spirits as an alternative if you are allergic to acetone; this will cut the oil base.
- Consider using a paint remover that is safe to use on hardwood floors.