There are small dabs of semi gloss latex paint, near the baseboards, on the
I think it was from the last time someone painted it 3 years ago who wasn't
very careful, so the paint is set.
What is the best way to remove it? Get a razor blade and scrape as much of
it up? And then what? Some type of solvent?
hi why don't you try using Motsenbocker's Lift Off #5, it is a
biodegradable and water based paint removal product. just a
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If you can't just scrap it off (gently!) then try a product called
Goof Off. I suggest trying it in an inconspicious spot to ensure it
won't damage the finish. In most cases, you should be able to soften
up the spots just enough to remove them with damaging the floor's
I would suggest a plastic putty knife rather than a razor blade. A razor
blade may hok into the wood and gouge it, the putty knife will not.
You could just try some household gleaner like Greased Lightening to soften
it and provide a little lubrication but Goof Off or Lighter fluid should do
the trick. (they are very similar, one is just cheaper)
Some latex paints are made with ammonia-based dispersants (or
whatever) so it may be worthwhile to see if treating some of the spots
with household ammonia could soften them enough to make removal easy.
Ammoia is not very likely to attack a typical floor finish of varnish
or polyurethane. Good luck.
Look in the paint section of Home Depot or your local hardware or
paint store. In addition to Goof Off, they have a couple of other
products which are less harsh and specifically targeted for removing
latex paint from a variety of surfaces without damaging them.
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