We are in the process of removing carpet in our home and having wood flooring installed. The installing company was going to leave the baseboard down and add shoe moulding. I don't really care for shoe moulding, so I have removed the base boards in entire house and will re-install when flooring is complete without shoe moulding.
My question is:
The base boards are stained. Over the years paint has gotten on them. While they are removed, what is the best way to remove the paint spots, without destroying the finish!!!!!
If the paint on them is latex/water-based, the best removal tool is your fingernail
Possibly some GoofOff (or similar), maybe a putty knife
But that's only if the original finish was oil-based...and you can easily destroy the original finish if not careful
As they are removed, and especially if there is a fair amount of paint on them, the best thing is to sand them down 'till there's no paint, re-stain (if desired), and then poly (if desired) and re-install
As they are already removed, the easiest thing is to take then to a stripper and then stain (if wanted) and poly (or whatever finish)
Beats scraping off ten million spots with your fingernail, and still having it look bad