How to remove spray paint overspray

Written by ryan lawrence | 13/05/2017
How to remove spray paint overspray
Do not use a metal putty knife in place of a plastic one. (scraper image by timur1970 from Fotolia.com)

Removing paint drips and splatters can be a tedious, difficult endeavour. Because spray paint over-spray tends to go on light and wispy, the adhesives usually do not soak into the surface and bond. If you need to remove spray paint over-spray, appropriate removal techniques are necessary to avoid causing damage to the underlying surface.

Things you need

  • Wood board

  • Clean rags

  • Olive oil

  • Turpentine

  • Detergent

  • Terry cloths

  • Plastic putty knife

  • Pressure washer

  • Wire brush

  • Lacquer thinner

Lay the fabric flat on top of a wood board.

Apply a few drops of olive oil to the over-spray.

Allow the olive oil to soak into the over-spray for four minutes. Scrape away the over-spray with a plastic putty knife.

Wipe the olive oil from the fabric with a rag dampened with turpentine.

Wash the fabric with dish-washing detergent.

Remove as much of the over-spray as possible with a pressure washer.

Apply lacquer thinner to the over-spray.

Scrape away the over-spray with a wire brush.

Rinse the surface with the pressure washer.

Apply a few drops of olive oil to a rag.

Apply olive oil to the over-spray with the rag.

Wrap the wide scraping-end of the plastic putty knife with a rag.

Scrape the over-spray free using the plastic putty knife buffered with the rag.

Tips

  • Do not use a metal putty knife in place of a plastic one as this may scratch and scar the underlying surface. Do not mistake turpentine for lacquer thinner, a much harsher solvent. Do not use an unbuffered plastic putty knife to scrape over-spray away from wood, plastic, fibreglass, or vinyl or you may scratch and scar the underlying surface.

Tips and Warnings

  • Do not use a metal putty knife in place of a plastic one as this may scratch and scar the underlying surface.
  • Do not mistake turpentine for lacquer thinner, a much harsher solvent.
  • Do not use an unbuffered plastic putty knife to scrape over-spray away from wood, plastic, fibreglass, or vinyl or you may scratch and scar the underlying surface.

Things you need

  • Wood board
  • Clean rags
  • Olive oil
  • Turpentine
  • Detergent
  • Terry cloths
  • Plastic putty knife
  • Pressure washer
  • Wire brush
  • Lacquer thinner

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