Jim asked: How do I remove interior paint from my cloth recliner? I only have a very small spot on my cloth recliner. It was white, interior wall paint, but it has dried. I don’t know what to use on it now. Can you suggest something?
It’s a common problem to have some splatters or spills on the furniture when repainting a room. Fortunately, it doesn’t mean that you have to toss or replace your beloved couch or rocking chair. It’s best to remove paint when it’s still wet, but even old, dried paint will come up with this removal method.
You Will Need:
- Clean white cloths
- Blunt-edged object (like a butter knife or plastic paint scraper)
- Mild soap
Steps to Remove the Paint:
- Spray the paint spill area with WD-40. Use the “smart straw” to help you keep the WD-40 on the paint and off the upholstery. You want to cover the paint, but not saturate the area with the lubricant.
- Wait 5-10 minutes for the WD-40 to soften the paint.
- Next, gently scrape the paint with the blunt object.
- Reapply WD-40 if needed, then wait and scrape again. Depending on how thick the paint is, you may need to reapply a few times.
- Remove any remaining bits of paint by wiping them with a clean, white cloth.
- If there is a residue of WD-40 on the upholstery, use warm water and a mild soap to wash the area. Rinse with clean water, and allow the area to air dry completely.
Additional Tips and Advice
- Spot test before you begin by spraying WD-40 in a hidden area. Wait, then rub with a clean soft cloth to check for color retention. If no color transfers from the upholstery to the cloth, it is safe to proceed with the paint removal.
- Try to get as little WD-40 on the fabric as possible. Remove any residue immediately after removing the paint to prevent it from leaving a second stain.
- Avoid using colored cloths as the color from the cloth can transfer to the upholstery.