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.
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Things you need
- Wood board
- Clean rags
- Olive oil
- 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.
Brick and cement
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.
Wood, plastic, fibreglass, or vinyl
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.
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