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sestivers 08-13-2007 10:14 AM

Removing over-paint from interior wood trim
I am getting my house ready for sale after I had rented it out for about two years. For some reason, I let the renters paint... let's just say that they did not mask the wood trim & baseboard before they painted. What is the easiest way to get all the paint off? Am I going to have to sand everything? I'm hoping there is some solvent that will do the trick without discoloring the wood, but that may be wishful thinking. Thanks in advance for any help,


p.s. I have already decided to remove the baseboard to do the cleanup because I'm having all the flooring replaced anyway.

slickshift 08-13-2007 04:57 PM

Well, honestly there's not much to do about that now, but it could depend on what the finish on the trim was

It sounds like it wasn't painted
If it was, try a putty knife and if needed, some Oops! or Goof Off!
If it was stained and poly'd, there's a chance a putty knife and some Oops! might get it off
If it was natural, or merely stained, there's not much that'll work
The putty knife might pull off the "drip", but it may leave a spot where the drip was

sestivers 08-13-2007 08:04 PM

It is bare wood. So are you saying that not even sanding will work?

slickshift 08-13-2007 08:47 PM

Bare wood....that didn't occur to me in a rental..sorry
Sanding can work
How well depends on how old, how bad, and what type of wood and paint it is

If it's a lot of splatter, and it soaked in well, it could take a bit of an effort to get it clear enough for stain or poly

But technically, you can always sand out bare wood

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