Lisa asked: How do I remove a spot of dried latex paint from the felt on my pool table? The spot/drip of paint is on the table surface and is about the size of a pencil eraser.
Latex paint adheres to the fibers as it dries, so time is of the essence when it comes to removal. Once the paint has dried completely, it will be possible to remove the bulk of the paint, but most likely a stain will remain.
You Will Need:
- Pool table brush
- Mild detergent
- Paint remover
- Cotton balls
- Soft cloths
Steps to Remove the Paint:
- Begin by removing as much of the excess paint as possible. This can be accomplished by carefully scraping it away with a razor or brushing it with a pool table brush.
- Once the top layer is removed, it is time to remove the paint that has soaked into the fibers.
- Removing this paint may be difficult and could possibly cause damage to the felt. If the stain is minor, it may be best to leave it alone. However, if it must be removed, here are some steps to try.
- Select the mildest paint remover available. Check with your local hardware or home improvement store for a variety of options.
- Use a cotton ball to blot a small amount of the paint remover onto the stain.
- Blot with a clean, soft cloth to remove the paint.
- Once the paint is removed, blot with a mixture of water and a small amount of mild detergent.
- Rinse by blotting with clean water.
- Blot with a clean, dry cloth to remove excess moisture.
- Allow the area to dry completely.
- If the area is hardened, brush the surface to restore the texture.
Additional Tips and Ideas
- Some paint removers will also affect the dyes in the felt. Test a small, hidden area first to check for any damage.
- If the paint spill is large, you will find better results replacing the felt. Though it can be pricey to have it replaced, it is something that can be done by the owner as well. There are several resources online for both purchasing the felt and installing it.