Overspray is the commonly used term when spray paint is inadvertently sprayed on other items not meant to be painted. Virtually any paint that is used in a spray can or spray gun can be accidentally sprayed onto another surface. When that happens, cleaning overspray is best done when the paint is still moist; when the paint dries, it becomes much more difficult to remove.
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Things you need
- Damp rag
- Latex paint remover
- Paint or lacquer thinner
- Hobby brush
- Utility razor blade
- Liquid automotive wax
Dampen a rag and wipe latex paint overspray off immediately when it is still wet. Dampen a rag with latex paint remover and wipe off dried latex paint.
Dip a rag into paint or lacquer thinner, then wipe oil-based overspray. Apply paint thinner to overspray on rougher surfaces like brickwork, stucco and cement, then brush it with a hobby brush to loosen and remove the oil-based paint.
Scrape any painted overspray from windows using a utility razor blade. Push the blade end over the window glass to scrape off the paint blotches.
Dip a rag into liquid automotive wax to remove automotive paint overspray. Rub it on like you would normally wax your vehicle.
Tips and warnings
- It is far easier to remove an oil-based paint when it is still wet then to remove it when dry; a simple damp wipe of thinner will do the job.
- Wear rubber gloves when handling paint or lacquer thinner.
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