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Removing Paint From Electrical Outlets

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When painting walls, some of the color can end up on the electrical outlets and not be noticed until the paint is already dry. This page is about removing paint from electrical outlets.


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October 10, 2005

I have been painting and have managed to get paint on the plug in receptacles. How can I get the dried paint off of these without shocking myself and messing up the outlets?

Cookiepom from Owensboro, KY


By Richard (Guest Post)
October 10, 20050 found this helpful

Remove the cover and clean with paint remover or Acitone

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By (Guest Post)
October 10, 20050 found this helpful

Remove the cover plates (2 screws) BEFORE you paint next time. If you want to try to clean these, take them off now . New ones are very cheap in home imp. stores.

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By Janet (Guest Post)
October 10, 20050 found this helpful

When the paint is slightly dry you can scrape it off with a thumb nail. Tedious but it works.

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December 28, 20050 found this helpful

The metal contacts are actually 3-4mm inside the plastic part of the outlet so touching the outlet will not shock you. You need somethings skinny to put inside the outlet holes to get shocked. Otherwise try a plastic knife. It has a firm sharp edge and is non-conductive. Plastic will not scratch plastic.

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