1940's Plaster Queen

06:40AM | 04/29/03
Member Since: 04/23/03
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The previous owner of our home did some sloppy painting and there is light blue and retro pink paint on much of our woodwork. How do I get it off without damaging the finish?

Please help!


03:47PM | 04/29/03
Member Since: 02/03/03
196 lifetime posts
Tough call. A solvent strong enough to remove the paint would likely either remove the finish on the wood - or at least leave a dull spot.

A Scotch-Brite pad would have the same effect.

So...what to do?

If it were mine - I would go with the scotch-brite pad - and then just recoat it with an alkyd urethane. Easier, friendlier, cheaper, and less smelly than a solvent.

Mr. Paint


01:22AM | 04/30/03
Member Since: 07/28/02
1356 lifetime posts
I would go with GOOF OFF and they have a water based version now that does have the fumes of the other. This should be a whole lot easier than sanding the paint off with a scotch brite pad and you may not have to apply another coat of urethane.


01:40AM | 04/30/03
Member Since: 02/03/03
196 lifetime posts
Hey.........that's a thought too - water based goof off!

Worth a shot!

Mr. Paint


01:55PM | 05/01/03
Member Since: 11/14/00
333 lifetime posts
Let the goof off or goo gone sit on the finish to soak in to the paint. Ideally, it will weaken the paint but not harm the wood finish. Then gently use either an old credit card or (if the card doesn't work) a metal paint scraper to scrape it off: not a putty knife, but a scraper, sold in paint sections. You get a finer sense of control and stronger scraping ability with the scraper and a fresh scraper blade.

[This message has been edited by Lawrence (edited May 01, 2003).]

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