How Do You Get Paint Splatters Off of Wood?

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The exact chemicals needed to remove paint splatters from wood depend upon the type of paint. For example, latex paint can be removed with basic household cleaners, while oil paints require a commercial paint thinner. Additional materials include sandpaper, an abrasive scrubber and a paint scraper. Work in a well-ventilated area, and use a ventilator mask, protective glasses and rubber gloves as needed.

  1. Mix together lemon juice and rubbing alcohol

    Combine three parts rubbing alcohol with one part lemon juice to create a cleaning solution.

  2. Scrub paint splatter

    Using the rubbing alcohol and lemon juice mixture, scrub the splatter with an abrasive material, such as steel wool or a toothbrush. After applying the solution, scrape off the paint with a paint scraper or putty knife.

  3. Heat the paint splatter

    For splatter that is not easily removed, heat the paint using either hot water or a hair dryer. Heat melts the paint, making it easier to pry up.

  4. Apply a paint thinner

    If needed, apply a commercial paint thinner for the particular type of paint in the splatter. A paint thinner may harm the finish of the wood, so use it sparingly.

  5. Sand the splattered area

    After successfully removing the paint, gently sand down the area to match the surrounding wood.