Riser paint dried on wood steps


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Old 03-07-22, 06:33 AM
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Riser paint dried on wood steps

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I left the tape on the stairs too long and the white paint that was used on the risers leaked out onto the wood. I do not want to damage the finish on the steps but Is like to clean the very dried on white paint
 
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Old 03-07-22, 06:42 AM
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What type of paint: latex or oil?

Unfortunately some of the paint may have been absorbed into the wood at the edges and the finish does not appear to be a poly or varnish. Worn, oil or wax finish can also absorb paint. If the paint is on top of the wood surface (especially if it is latex) you can probably scrape it off. A small scraper or even a dental pick should work.
 
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I often use the edge of a knife blade to scrape off errant paint. If it's latex paint, denatured alcohol or products like 'goof off' and 'oops' will dissolve the paint - will require elbow grease.
 
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I don't think leaving the tape on too long was the core problem. It looks like the paint wicked underneath the tape. Pressing down the paint edge of tape is very important to seal that edge. There are also special/premium paint masking tapes that seal better when they contact water based paints.
 
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That is why I rarely use tape and when I do I try to remove it as soon as possible. That way if paint seeps under the tape you can remove it easier. Tape tends to give false confidence
 
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