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How to Get Paint Spots Out of a Vinyl Stool Cover

It's important to exercise caution when painting walls or ceilings in your home. Always cover furniture, tables and other surfaces with plastic or a drop cloth before painting to avoid accidents. Spilling or splashing paint on an item such as a decorative vinyl stool cover can be a disheartening, difficult mess to clean up. However, accidents will happen and without the proper cleaning technique, you might do more harm than good while trying to clean up spilled paint. Harsh chemicals, for example, may destroy or discolor vinyl.

Olive Oil

Use rubbing alcohol and a cotton swab to remove paint safely from your stool cover.
  1. Apply a small amount of olive oil to the paint spots with your finger and wait for a couple of minutes to let the oil soften the paint.

  2. Work the olive oil into the paint with a clean rag to dislodge it from the surface. If you cannot remove all the paint from the vinyl with one application, apply more olive oil to the remaining paint spots and let it soak for a while longer. If necessary, carefully use a fingernail to remove the paint.

  3. Wash the cover with clean rags and water to remove the residual olive oil. Depending upon how much olive oil you applied to the vinyl stool cover, you may need to use several clean rags to remove the olive oil completely.

Rubbing Alcohol

  1. Dip the tip of a cotton swab into rubbing alcohol and rub it into the paint spots in a circular motion. Use several cotton swabs, if needed, and keep the cotton tips saturated with rubbing alcohol by frequently dipping them into the solution. Liberally moistening the spots with the rubbing alcohol will help the paint dissolve and break up effectively.

  2. Remove the paint from the vinyl surface with clean cotton swabs and a clean rag.

  3. Wipe off the excess rubbing alcohol with water and a clean rag when all the paint is gone.

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In the spring of 2008, Blaze Johnson decided to share his expertise through writing. He studied business administration at a local community college and runs his own driveway mechanic service, specializing in computer-controlled vehicles and custom car audio installs. Johnson also serves as the de facto computer repair person for his family, friends and coworkers.