Removing paint from new hardwood.


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Old 02-27-21, 02:06 PM
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Removing paint from new hardwood.

Purchased a home that appears to have the original hardwood sanded down and restrained (about 9 months ago as of now). The home was then painted and there are paint dots all over the hardwood and it's noticeable because it's a dark stain. Can anyone suggest an easy way to remove this paint without scratching or discoloring the hardwood? Thank you in advance!


 
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Old 02-28-21, 03:27 AM
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Do you know what type of finish is on the floor? Denatured alcohol will soften/dissolve dried latex paint. It won't hurt oil base poly but I don't know if it will affect water based poly. Often it's best to just gently scrape off the individual spots. Sometimes your thumbnail is enough. I've also used the edge of a knife. It can be helpful to use detergent as a lubricant to help prevent scratching the finish.
 
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Old 02-28-21, 06:49 AM
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That is just down right sloppy work, not even using a drop cloth/tape to protect the floor!!

Start with the least active solvent, physical picking, water, alcohol, then try a citrus based cleaner, if you get up to the goo gone level, which will remove dried latex, but your probably going to damage the finish.

Experiment in an un-obvious place first!
 
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Old 02-28-21, 03:08 PM
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I didn't have denatured alcohol but did have 70% isopropyl alcohol. Sprayed it in a spot that wasn't too visible. Used a paper towel to rub the paint. The very fine dots (the size of a pinhead) did get removed but with elbow grease. The larger spots of paint are going to need more work. No damage to the wood that I can see and I didn't see any brown color on the paper towel so the finish isn't coming off. Ehh, wish there was an easier way.
 
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Old 02-28-21, 03:12 PM
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So I didn't have any denatured alcohol but did have 70% isopropyl alcohol. I sprayed that on an inconspicuous area and rubbed it with a paper towel. The very fine pin head size dots did disappear but it did take quite some elbow grease. The larger specs of paint didn't come off that easy. The hardwood appears fine after the alcohol and I did not see any brown stain on the paper towel which is good. Ehh, I wish there was an easier way.
 
 

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