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TopamaxSurvivor

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08-11-2014 12:31 AM

Topic tags/keywords: goo gone paint removal finished surface

I had some spray paint on a stained and finished door do to less than perfect masking. The door was stained and finished before we bought the house. It is not a water based finish. The paint had cured for several days.

Without any good options to clean up the mess, I tried Goo Gone. Much to my amazement, it took the paint off very well. The only noticeable effect is a bit of polishing of the finish in the area that required quite a bit of scrubbing. Nothing noticeable in the minor over spray areas.

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence


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CoolDavion

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#1 posted 08-11-2014 01:47 AM

I’ve used a Mr. Clean Magic eraser on our casings.

Just go slow and check progress often as you clean.

-- Do or do not, there is no try!

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#2 posted 08-11-2014 02:02 AM

There’s also a product called “Goof-Off” sold in paint stores and hardware stores. Sometimes also a ‘graffiti remover’ can be used, but it was never explained to me how it will safely remove paint from a painted surface.

I understand the magic ingredient in some of these is Butyl Cellusolve which is sold in major paint stores. It has the characteristics of getting in between two surfaces like a penetrating oil would. Pro painters use it to clean up paint spills from carpet, etc. I first heard of this stuff in high school, where it was used to un-seize stuck engines.

Goo Gone is an excellent idea!

-- Einstein: "The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift." I'm Poopiekat!!

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#3 posted 08-11-2014 02:08 AM

I was so surprised it worked without making a mess of the door surface, I thought I’d pass it along.

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#4 posted 08-11-2014 10:19 AM

Just send me a barrel of it to Norway Bob.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#5 posted 08-11-2014 11:40 AM

Thanks for sharing this info Bob.

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI

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bluekingfisher

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#6 posted 08-11-2014 12:15 PM

Glad to hear you had a satisfying result on what could have otherwise been a beech of a job.

-- No one plans to fail, they just, just fail to plan

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#7 posted 08-11-2014 08:09 PM

You aren’t that bad a painter are you Mike? :-)

UR welcome Lenny. Hope you don’t need it, but it is good to know if you do ;-)

David, I thought I was in deep dodo when I pulled the masking tape. Not sure why I decided to try Goo Gone before sanding and trying to match the finish. Glad I did ;-)

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#8 posted 08-11-2014 08:26 PM

I don’t know about Goo Gone, but Goof Off has quite a bit of Xylene or Xylol in it. It is a very powerful solvent that was used to dilute epoxy back when we went through gallons at a time. As a matter of fact, I just have a can of that in the truck for any problem overspray. Like said above, go slow and check your progress.

-- Wish I were Norm's Nephew

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#9 posted 08-12-2014 03:42 AM

I have no idea what is in it, just happy with the test and results ;-)

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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