How to Remove Excess Paint

What You'll Need
Razor Blade
Paint Scraper
Paint Thinner or Chemical Stripper
Paper Towels or Rags
Damp Cloth and Soap

It is fairly easy to remove paint when it has not yet dried up. However, it will take more effort to remove excess paint that has dried up already. To remove paint that is still fresh, simply wipe it off using a paper towel, a cotton ball, or a piece of rag. For dried up excess paint, follow the simple steps below.

Step 1 – Scrape off Paint Drops

If the paint drops are dry, simply scrape them off using a paint scraper. Make sure to apply pressure on the scraper gently in order not to cause damage to the surface where the paint dried up.

Step 2 – Use a Razor Blade

For excess paint that flowed over the designated surface to be painted, use a razor sharp blade to cut it off. When painting window frames or other structures with straight edges, sometimes the paint overflows outwards. To remove paint that overflows from these surfaces, cut along the edges carefully. Make use of a ruler or any other object with a straight edge to guide the blade through the cutting process. Simply push the blade and cut along the line to provide a breaking point. Scrape the excess paint up to the breaking point. Sand the edges lightly.

Step 3 – Clean Up Excess Paint with Chemical Strippers

To clean up the paint totally from any surface, make use of paint thinner or any other paint stripping chemical. For smaller surfaces, a nail polish remover can do the trick. For safety reasons, choose green solvents. These solvents provide a better alternative to toxic chemical strippers.

Before working with chemical strippers, wear gloves to protect the skin from the harmful effects of the chemicals. Make sure that the working area is well ventilated as well. Never work in an enclosed space if the chemical stripper produces highly toxic fumes. Consider using green solvents if the place is not well ventilated.

Apply a liberal amount of the product on a cotton ball or a piece of rag depending on how wide the surface is. Apply the chemical onto the paint and allow it to soften it up. Do not allow the chemical to get in contact with the non-excess paint. Scrape off larger portions of the excess paint and scrub them with a rug afterward. Keep scrubbing until all the traces of the excess paint disappear.

Step 4 – Inspect the Working Surfaces

Make sure that all excess paint remnants are removed completely. Scrape off any remaining paint and apply chemical strippers as needed.

Step 5 – Clean Up

Throw away the excess paint and clean the working area thoroughly. Use a damp cloth and soap to clean the surfaces that were cleaned with chemical strippers. Allow the surfaces to dry thoroughly. Wash hands with clean water and soap to ensure that they are free from any chemicals.