How to Remove Oil-Based Paint From Hardwood Floors
Remove oil-based paint from hardwood floors with acetone. Oil-based paint can be a challenge to remove since most hardwood floors have an oil-based finish. Chemicals that remove the oil-based paint are capable of removing the finish on your floor as well; you might have to reapply the varnish on your hardwood floor after the paint is removed. It is always best to try to remove oil-based paint with a damp cloth, the moment the accident occurs. Acetone is available in hardware stores. For small areas, try nail polish remover with acetone.
- 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.
- Do not mix chemicals as this could be hazardous.
- Work in a well-ventilated room.
- Wear a respirator, gloves and eye goggles for protection.
- Read and follow all of the manufacturer's warnings and instructions.