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Old 07-23-2017, 10:01 PM   #1
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Removing Paint Droplets From Hardwood Floors?


I don't usually paint but decided to after some molding work and wasn't paying attention, got a lot of little spatter droplets of paint on freshly refinished oak floors.

Floors I believe have oil base poly over them. Paint is latex.

I tried goo gone latex paint remover and that was worthless. I know something like goof off will get the job done but I worry it will damage the floor finish.
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Fingernail or old credit card (something plastic). I like to use my AAA card.

I suppose a plastic putty knife would look more professional.

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Fingernail or old credit card (something plastic). I like to use my AAA card.

I suppose a plastic putty knife would look more professional.
I tried the plastic putty knife, a brand new one and it just skated over the paint. Fingernail works but I feel like their has to be a better way than 8 hours on my wearing my nail down to skin.
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I tried the plastic putty knife, a brand new one and it just skated over the paint. Fingernail works but I feel like their has to be a better way than 8 hours on my wearing my nail down to skin.
A better way? Dropcloths and technique! (and better paint, maybe)

Use a credit card (or anything else) at a steeper angle. Use corners of the tool, as necessary. Do it before they notice, so as to not draw attention to it all.
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A better way? Dropcloths and technique! (and better paint, maybe)

Use a credit card (or anything else) at a steeper angle. Use corners of the tool, as necessary. Do it before they notice, so as to not draw attention to it all.
It's Benjamin Moore it should be good paint lol.

Ugh
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It's Benjamin Moore it should be good paint lol.

Ugh
They have watery stuff, too (that isn't cheap).

Don't forget to use very good brushes. Absolutely worth it. The payback is almost immediate.
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If you were one of the regular builders I work for & you called me & asked what to do, I'd come sand it off & touch up the problem areas.

Don't use anything hot, like lacquer thinner or acetone. Petroleum or citrus based cleaners shouldn't hurt oil based poly.
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If you were one of the regular builders I work for & you called me & asked what to do, I'd come sand it off & touch up the problem areas.

Don't use anything hot, like lacquer thinner or acetone. Petroleum or citrus based cleaners shouldn't hurt oil based poly.
Thank you x3 for that.
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Single edge razor blade and a little mineral spirits for lube, dull the corners, and bow the blade a little. Ethanol will dissolve it eventually.

You can usually get those off with a red pad. Latex will also redeposit and stick like crazy, so don't let it sit once it's loose, get it up.
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Spatter is usually a rolling issue - rolling too fast for the paint/cover combination. Some paints are REALLY bad about it. IMO, only use paints you can roll fast and not have spatter issues OR cover the floor....
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Denatured alcohol dissolves latex paint, wont affect oil based finish.

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For latex paint over an oil based paint denatured alcohol will cut the latex and will not affect the oil based. If it is new latex paint drops (within a few days) over oil a wet rag and some elbow grease will take care of it.
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Krud kutter graffiti remover is EXCELLENT for this problem. Works well on windows that get over spray as well.

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Latex splatter on oil base floor finish ... try alcohol. It generally softens latex paint and should do no damage to the floor.
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I don't usually paint... .
I miss the old solvent based Goof-Off that is no longer available due to environmental restrictions. Maybe it was the Xylene or something. Now it's pretty much thinned down lacquer thinner. The water-based Goof-Off is just water and alcohol.

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I don't usually paint...
What?, professional courtesy and all? Feel free to to use the DIY forums too.

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Mineral spirits should work.
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Denatured alcohol dissolves latex paint, wont affect oil based finish.

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That is what I would use. On the rag, not the floor, just long enough to remove.

What you don't use you can later rinse out your brushes in...

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I'm sure a power washer would get that right off. But not without some casualties.
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I discovered the hard way, Krud Kutter removes dried latex.

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