How to Take Paint Drips off of New Plastic Bathtubs

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How to Take Paint Drips off of New Plastic Bathtubs
Remove paint drips using a few common items purchased at most hardware stores. (splattered smeered and printed image by pdtnc from Fotolia.com)

Home improvement projects often consist of painting a fresh coat of paint on walls. Bathrooms are no stranger to fresh coats of paint, especially when the room gets a makeover. Part of that makeover may include a new plastic bathtub. If you are painting wall trim around the new bathtub, paint may accidently drip on the surface of the plastic. Two types of paints may be used on walls: latex (water based) and oil. You can remove both latex and oil-based paints using a few common items you can purchase at most hardware stores.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • Turpentine or fingernail polish remover
  • Cloth or paper towel
  • Liquid detergent
  • Rubbing alcohol

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Instructions

    Oil Paint

  1. 1

    Wipe wet paint drips using a cloth or paper towel moistened with water and detergent. Most wet paint will come up with just a cloth. Proceed to step 2 if the paint is already dry.

  2. 2

    Apply a small amount of turpentine or fingernail polish remover to a cloth or paper towel.

  3. 3

    Rub the paint drips using the moistened cloth. The turpentine or fingernail polish remover works to break down and soften the paint. Continue to reapply turpentine to the cloth, and wipe the paint away.

  4. 4

    Moisten a cloth with water and liquid detergent. Wipe the plastic bathtub surface to remove any remaining turpentine and paint.

    Latex Paint

  1. 1

    Wipe wet paint drips using a cloth or paper towel moistened with water and detergent. Most wet paint will come up with just a cloth. Proceed to step 2 if the paint is already dry.

  2. 2

    Apply a small amount of rubbing alcohol to a cloth or paper towel. Rub the paint drips using the moistened cloth. Rubbing alcohol works to break down the latex paint.

  3. 3

    Moisten a cloth with water and liquid detergent. Wipe the plastic bathtub surface to remove any remaining rubbing alcohol and paint.

  4. 4

    Dry the surface of the plastic bathtub using a clean cloth.

Tips and warnings

  • Test a small area of the plastic bathtub with the turpentine, fingernail polish remover or rubbing alcohol to ensure you don't damage the surface material.

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