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Old 01-17-2009, 10:49 AM   #1
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removing old paint from tile


I have black & white tile on walls in bathroom with some sloppy over paint from past years. Would steel wool work to remove paint without dulling or scratching the glaze on tile surface?

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Old 01-17-2009, 11:30 AM   #2
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I'd recommend stripping. Steel wool will most definitely dull the finish.

That's going to be a tedious, messy, smelly (wear a cartridge respirator) job... I don't envy you.

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I should have mentioned, its mostly on tile that borders casing & trim around door, clothes shoot, window etc...Not the entire wall.
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Have you tried scraping it off at all?

I'm not an expert here, but we had a similar problem in our last house. It was paint splatter all over the porcelain sink and toilet. I tried acetone and a plastic putty knife and it scraped off easily.

If it is porcelain tile you might give it a try. Somewhere inconspicuous might not be a bad place to start.
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If this is glazed wall tiles, the easiest way to get paint off of it is by scraping it off with a razor. You can buy razor scrapers at any hardware store.

You'll probably need to use a paint stripper to get the paint off the grout joints, tho.
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Its old oil based paint. I hadn't thought of the razor, sounds like that will work.
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