Question: remove paint marks over varnish

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Forum topic by lepelerin posted 05-22-2013 10:59 PM 979 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-22-2013 10:59 PM

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I have been asked if I could remove some paint “splashes” and paint brushes marks over a varnished surface. I wish I had a picture to show but I do not.

It’s on an office desk made of Oak, varnished. They used it as a table when they painted the ceiling and did not protect it properly. So there are some “splashes” of paint all over. That happened over a year ago so yes it’s dry.

Is there any way to remove the paint without refurnishing the entire desk. I hope so. If anyone knows a way to do it and is willing to share, it would be more than appreciated.
Thank you in advance.

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#1 posted 05-22-2013 11:26 PM

First try: the fingernail method. So often a drop of paint will come off reasonably well just by using a fingernail. If that fails, a scraper. More aggressive, so use caution. If both of those fail…. Seek advice from someone else. I am clueless as to finishing. :-)

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#2 posted 05-23-2013 12:28 AM

The varnish has cured. If they painted the ceiling with latex, you can get the spatters off with M-1` Remover or OOPS!. Be gentle and don’t scrub.

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#3 posted 05-23-2013 12:43 AM

Why don’t you just sand it and refinish?

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#4 posted 05-23-2013 08:39 PM

Tx for the input. I will get the desk next week. Will let you know how it goes. Still working on the door at the moment.

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