How to Remove Oil-Base Paint Stains

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­Painting is a quick and easy way to update a roo­m. Follow these stain removal tips to make sure your household surfaces don't become innocent victims of your home-improvement efforts.

The first step in removing paint stains is to identify the stained material.­­­

­Below are the most common types of materials that can become paint-stained, with steps on how to remove oil-base paint from each:

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Non-washable Fibers

Follow these steps to remove oil-base paint stains from Acetate, Burlap, Fiberglass, Rayon, Rope, Silk, Triacetate, or Wool:

  • Gently scrape (the method of using a dull tool to gently lift off excess solid or caked-on stains) to remove the excess paint and sponge (the method of using a dampened pad to apply light strokes, moving outward from the center of the stain) the stain with a dry-cleaning solvent such as Afta Cleaning Fluid.
  • Apply a dry spotter to the area and cover with an absorbent pad dampened with dry spotter. Let it stand as long as any stain is being removed.
  • Change the pad as it picks up the stain. Keep both the stain and pad moist with dry spotter.
  • Flush (the method of applying stain remover to loosen staining material and residue from stain removers) with the dry-cleaning solvent and allow to dry.
  • If stain persists, sponge with water and apply a wet spotter and a few drops of ammonia. (Do not use ammonia on wool or silk.)
  • Cover stain with an absorbent pad moistened with wet spotter. Let it stand as long as any stain is being removed.
  • Change the pad as it picks up the stain. Keep both the pad and stain moist with wet spotter and ammonia.
  • Flush well with water and repeat as necessary.

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Washable Fibers

Follow these steps to remove blood stains from Acrylic, Fabric, Cotton, Linen, Nylon, Olefin, Polyester, or Spandex:

  • Flush the solvent indicated as a thinner on the paint container through the stain. If no thinner is indicated, use turpentine. Be careful not to spread the stain.
  • Rinse thoroughly with water and repeat if necessary.
  • Rub the area with bar soap (not a deodorant-type) or a liquid detergent.
  • Rinse again and launder.

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Hard Surfaces

Follow these steps to remove oil-base paint stains from Acrylic Plastic, Plexiglas, Polyurethane, Vinyl Clothing:

  • Wipe excess immediately with a cloth dipped in warm sudsy water.
  • Rinse thoroughly with warm water and wipe dry. Do not use a thinner on these materials, as it will eat through them.
  • If necessary, dip a cloth into a dry-cleaning solvent and quickly but gently dab at the remaining stain.
  • Rinse well and wipe dry.

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Flooring

Follow these steps to remove oil-base paint stains from Asphalt, Cork, Linoleum, Vinyl Tile:

  • Wipe immediately with a damp cloth.
  • Cover the stain with a rubbing alcohol compress and let it remain in place for a few minutes. Then wipe the area with a cloth moistened with ammonia. (Do not use ammonia on linoleum or vinyl floor tile.)
  • If stain persists, try rubbing very gently with superfine steel wool dipped in liquid wax.
  • Wash the area with warm soapy water, rinse, then wax when dry.

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Bamboo or Cane

Follow these steps to remove oil-base paint stains from Bamboo, Cane, Paint (flat or gloss), Porcelain Fixtures, Stainless Steel:

  • Scrape to remove any excess spill.
  • Wipe area immediately with a cloth or sponge dipped in warm sudsy water to which a few drops of ammonia have been added.
  • Rinse thoroughly with clear water and wipe dry.

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Stone Surfaces

Follow these steps to remove oil-base paint stains from Bluestone, Concrete, Flagstone, Granite, Limestone, Masonry Tile, Sandstone, Slate, Terrazzo:

  • Scrape up the excess spill.
  • Wash the area with a solution of washing soda or detergent (not soap) and water.
  • Scrub with a cloth or soft-bristled brush.
  • Rinse well with clear water and allow to dry.

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Brick

Follow these steps to remove oil-base paint from brick:

  • Apply a commercial paint remover to the stain and allow it to dry.
  • Use a wire brush to remove the stain, then wash area with clear water.
  • Allow the area to dry.

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Carpet

Follow these steps to remove oil-base paint stains from carpet:

  • Gently dab at the stain with a cloth dipped in the solvent indicated on the paint container label or use turpentine. Do not soak the stain, as the solvent will damage the rubber backing and pad.
  • Continue to wipe with a clean, solvent-dampened cloth as long as the stain is picked up.
  • Sponge with water and wash with a concentrated liquid carpet shampoo.
  • Sponge the area with water, blot excess liquid, and allow it to dry thoroughly.

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Tile and Glass

Follow these steps to remove oil-base paint stains from Ceramic Glass/Tile, Glass:

  • Scrape to remove any excess. (Caution: Do not scrape ceramic glass range-tops -- soak to loosen the stain.)
  • Wipe the stain with a cloth or sponge dipped in warm sudsy water.
  • Rinse thoroughly and wipe dry.
  • If any traces remain, allow to dry, then scrape gently with a razor blade.

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Grout

Follow these steps to remove oil-base paint stains from grout:

  • Wipe up excess paint. Then wipe area with a cloth dipped in warm sudsy water.
  • If stain remains, dip a wet toothbrush into a little baking soda or powdered cleanser and gently scrub the spot.
  • Rinse well with water and wipe dry.

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Leather or Suede

Follow these steps to remove oil-base paint stains from leather or suede:

  • Gently scrape to remove the excess.
  • Mix a solution of mild soap in lukewarm water. Swish to create a great volume of suds.
  • Apply only the foam with a sponge. Wipe with a clean dry cloth.
  • If any stain remains, try rubbing with cleaners such as Tannery Vintage Leather Cleaner & Conditioner into the spot with a clean soft cloth. Allow it to dry.
  • If stain persists, test a dry-cleaning solvent on an inconspicuous place. If safe to use, gingerly apply to the stained area, and allow it to dry.
  • On leather only, follow with cleaners such as Tannery Vintage Leather Cleaner & Conditioner or Fiebing's Saddle Soap.

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Wood

Follow these steps to remove oil-base paint stains from wood:

  • Wipe immediately with a sponge dampened with warm water.
  • Wipe dry, then wax the wood. Note: This stain may be impossible to remove if not treated immediately.

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