Nothing can brighten up your house or room more than a fresh coat of paint – unfortunately, spills, splashes and splatters are all common side effects of such a project.
Even if you’ve taken certain precautions, like covering up the area around your room with plastic sheets, it’s likely you’ll turn around to find drips on your floor, carpets, counters, etc.
The situation becomes worse if the paint has dried up, since dry splashes are notoriously hard to remove.
But don’t panic just yet; we are here today with the top five ways to remove splashes after a paint job.
Method 1: Soak The Splatter
The best way to remove a stain or splatter is to soak it.
Simply heat up some water, and mix it with any car washing soap. Add the solution to a spray bottle, spread it evenly over the stain, and let it sit for a few minutes so that the splatter is fully soaked.
When the stain ‘softens’ up, try removing it with a scrub brush that has hard bristles. This part is tricky, as you don’t want to end up damaging the floor or surface that is underneath the stain, so try to be as gentle as you can.
Method 2: Use Cleaning Wax
Another way to get the splashes out is to use cleaning wax. Apply a high-quality wax on the stain and let it soak for around 10 minutes.
You can then scrape off the paint with a plastic scraper; next, use a microfiber cloth to wipe off the remaining paint.
This is a relatively safer way to remove stains, as it does not damage your surface and can be repeated as many times as needed.
Method 3: Apply Brake Fluid Or Linseed Oil
To clean up a particularly stubborn stain, purchase some brake fluid from an auto supplies store. This serves as a strong cleaning agent and works wonders on dry paint.
You can apply the brake oil by dipping a dish towel folded into a square, or a thick paper towel, into the fluid. But be careful; this method may damage the original polish of the surface that the stain is on.
Method 4: Buff It
Using a 1000-grit sandpaper, you can try to buff out the stain and then proceed to remove the resulting scuff marks. It is generally a good idea to use a polisher that has adjustable speeds, so you can control the movement.
You can easily get a buffing compound and a wool buffing pad at an auto supplies store. The swirl marks on your surface can be cleared up by running the machine at a higher speed. Follow up by applying a softer polishing pad and a finishing product.
Sanding is also odor that usually lingers on long after the job is complete.
Use a spray detailer to finish the process; alternatively, you can also consider repainting your surface if buffing does not suffice.
Method 5: Rub A Clay Bar Over It
Last but not the least, rub a clay bar over the paint stain – these bars are very sticky, and can pick off the stain from any surface.
Before you rub the splatter, mark the perimeter of the stain with a packaging tape to ensure that it doesn’t spread. Then, apply rubbing alcohol to soften it and proceed with the clay bar.
Next, you can remove the tape, and wash the area with water and soap. Another idea is to wax the surface to ensure that it is smooth and shiny.
All in all, these are some of the best ways to remove splashes after a paint job – regardless of whether they are fresh stains or dried-in ones.