How to: Get Paint Out of Just About Everything

So, you’ve made a mess.

It happens to the best of people, especially when completing a home paint job. Even the most careful painters can notice drips, spills and spatters once the work’s been done. But don’t despair, if you get to the site of the spill early enough most damage can be fixed!

To make the clean up a little easier for you, we’ve outlined the most common places that paint spatters happen, and how you can clean them up as effectively as possible.


It’s easiest to remove paint from carpet before it dries. Stop irreparable damage by using dry paper towels or old cloth rags to blot the spill as soon as possible. Never rub the spill – this will further rub it into the carpet instead of pulling it out.

For more stubborn spills, try blotting white vinegar or nail polish remover – do this in small patches to ensure no excess damage is done to the carpet.

Unfortunately, older paint spills and drips may need a professional’s touch.


It can be pretty difficult to remove paint from countertops without causing damage. Trying to remove paint from your countertops should be done with caution. Start by applying a thin coat of olive oil to paint drops and rub with a dry rag in a circular motion.

If the spot is stubborn, wrap a rag around a plastic knife and scrape gently.

Wooden Surfaces

A clean rag paired with methylated spirits and patience can remove latex paint without damaging the wood beneath. Oil-based paint spills and spatters require mineral spirits, but never soak the wood as this can cause further damage.

Wipe thoroughly with clean water and let it dry. Sometimes the wood can get discoloured, so just use a wood finish repair pen to fix.

Plastic Furniture

When it comes to removing paint from plastic furniture, it’s best to proceed with caution because many commercial paint removers can actually melt plastic. So, the best course of action is to gently scrape away drips with a plastic putty knife, using vegetable oil to soften the paint. For stubborn spots, try nail polish remover or methylated spirits. Always do a small test patch to make sure no damage to plastic is caused. When finished, use warm water and dish soap to clean away any remaining solvent.

 Of course, spills and spatters can be avoided if you use a professional paint service. To discuss upcoming renovation project, get in touch with Thomas Fisher Painters today.