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BradG 06-10-2008 11:36 AM

How to get paint off finished hardwood floors?
Any advice on cleaning my "mistakes" off of our finished hardwood floors?

I installed and painted the base-moulding, using white latex, after the oak parquet had bee refinished using a water-based urethane. I covered everything (or so I thought). Now I've got to get spots of white paint off without pulling up the floor's finish.

As far as that goes, any advice on refinishing spots on the floor where the urethane got pulled off by blue tape? (I am an idiot, yes.)

slickshift 06-10-2008 07:18 PM

Putty knife
Your "urethane" is water-based so Oops! and Goof Off! are out

You could try and touch up the spots
Realistically, the fix is to do another coat on the floors
Maybe you can touch them up...maybe "good enough" for your needs

mahjohn 06-13-2008 08:58 AM

At your local Home Depot/Lowe's, they sell "Latex Paint Remover". I've used it to clean latex paint splatters from finished hardwood floors, and on leather furniture (damn sprayer). Anyway, I found that if you wipe it down with a rag, let it sit wet for a bit, then it comes right up without too much effort. For tougher spots, use a cotton ball soaked in the stuff, and just drop it on the spot....leave for 30mins, then wipe it up. Below is a link for it. The link shows a spray bottle, but HD sells it in a small squeeze bottle.

As for the urethane.....try some fine finishing steel wool....rub the area down, espcially the edges where the urethane meets the wood. Once you smoothed the edges, wipe up any dust and use a small brush to put down the new gloss finish. Go with 2-3 light coats rather than one thick coat. Use the finish wool to sand lightly between coats.

slickshift 06-13-2008 09:04 PM


Originally Posted by mahjohn (Post 130129)
At your local Home Depot/Lowe's, they sell "Latex Paint Remover".

Unfortunately that will also remove the latex floor finish

DUDE! 06-14-2008 07:14 PM

I agree with Slick, I've used the putty knife to knock the paint spot off the floor, or rub with a wet (water) rag to loosen it

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