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Old 12-03-2007, 09:40 AM   #1
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... and she didn't tape off the dark wood trim around our doors and windows. She said she thought her hand would be steady enough but it wasn't. So here's the situation:

We painted our living room a nice bold yellow color. Since they weren't taped off, the window and door trim has yellow paint all over it. The trim is a nice thick dark (stained) wood. We have a lot of paint to remove and I'm wondering what's the best way to do it. We have to be careful not to scratch or dull the wood finish. I've tried mineral spirits with a green brillo pad and a putty knife for when I needed to scrape it but it damaged the wood a little bit. We used Sherwin Williams paint so it's good stuff.

Would it make sense to just sand the whole surface down and re stain it? If not, what would be the best way to do this?

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Old 12-03-2007, 12:35 PM   #2
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Lacquer thinner will remove the paint. Used carefully, it will remove some finish but not affect the stain.

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Will lacquer thinner work better than mineral spirits?

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Mineral spirits won't touch dried latex, laquer thinner is pretty aggressive
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The trick is not not affect the dark wood trim finish
That will be hard to do unless it is an oil-based finish
In that case, Oops! or Goof Off! will suffice to remove the latex (wall) paint
Although simply scraping with a putty knife of fingernail may remove some of it

If the stain/poly on the trim is water-based, even the Oops!/GoofOff! may affect it, so best to attempt this on a small test area first

For a more aggressive remover, denatured alcohol will also work on the latex, but not on the oil-based

I wouldn't recommend other solvents

It will be slow going...there's no quick and easy wipe-on/wipe-off way

If it still won't come off, or even these suggestions affect the stained trim, then a full stripping or painting (over the stain) is in order
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The trick is not not affect the dark wood trim finish
That will be hard to do unless it is an oil-based finish
In that case, Oops! or Goof Off! will suffice to remove the latex (wall) paint
Although simply scraping with a putty knife of fingernail may remove some of it

If the stain/poly on the trim is water-based, even the Oops!/GoofOff! may affect it, so best to attempt this on a small test area first

For a more aggressive remover, denatured alcohol will also work on the latex, but not on the oil-based

I wouldn't recommend other solvents

It will be slow going...there's no quick and easy wipe-on/wipe-off way

If it still won't come off, or even these suggestions affect the stained trim, then a full stripping or painting (over the stain) is in order
These suggestions are good. Use a thin putty knife and smooth rag. The sooner you get it off the better.

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