Mrs. Fixit: Fix Paint Spills With Heat

January 9, 2010 2:36:47 AM PST
Paint spills and splotches will happen with even the most careful hand. I'll show you how a little heat can go a long way toward removing those messes.

If you have a curved or uneven area that you have to remove paint from, grab a hairdryer. Point the blower at the paint for thirty seconds and then use some superfine steel wool to buff away the paint.

Depending on the amount of paint and how long it's been there you may have to repeat the process a few times. You want to be gentle when you're working so that you don't damage the surface under the paint.

To remove paint splotches from a floor, wet a washcloth with hot water and lay it over the spots.

Let it sit for a minute and then use a credit card plastic putty knife to scrape the paint away. Remember to wring out the cloth well so that you don't over wet the area.

If you got paint on a bathtub or other similar surface, heat some vinegar and dip a green scrubby pad in it, then in a circular motion, remove the paint from the surface. Follow up with some clean water.

Easy ways a little heat can get you out of a messy spot. I'm Mrs. Fixit and it's just that simple.