Margie asked: How can I remove oil-based paint off a fiberglass bathtub? We were cleaning up after painting and were using our bathtub. We forgot that we were using oil-based paint and it’s on the new fiberglass bathtub. I am concerned about reactions between fiberglass and paint removers for oil based paint. It’s grey primer on a new white tub. Any help would be appreciated.
Removing paint from a fiberglass surface is a task that can be completed with a high level of success. However, you’ll want to steer away from harsh removers as they can damage the surface. Start with mineral spirits and work up to turpentine if necessary. While these two removers may require more elbow grease, they are strong enough to remove the paint while being gentle enough for the fiberglass surface.
You Will Need:
- Plastic scraper or spoon
- Mineral Spirits
- Mild soap or detergent
- Soft cloths
- Rubber gloves
Steps to Remove the Paint:
- Begin by scraping away as much paint from the surface as possible with a dull scraper.
- Protect your hands with rubber gloves.
- Moisten a cloth with mineral spirits and gently wipe it over the area.
- Avoid applying too much pressure or scrubbing too aggressively as it can mar the surface.
- If mineral spirits will not remove the paint, it may be necessary to use turpentine. This will cut through the paint, but should be used in small amounts so that it does not damage the surface.
- When the paint is removed, wash the entire area with soap and water. Ensure that there is no residue left on the surface.
- Rinse with clean water and allow it to dry.
Additional Tips and Ideas
- Do not allow any paint remover to remain on the surface as it is not good to allow it to come in contact with skin.
- Open windows to allow for proper ventilation while working with mineral spirits and turpentine.