Removing Paint From Electrical Outlets?

October 10, 2005

Electrical OutletI 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

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.

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.

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.

March 19, 20090 found this helpful

This is a great tip! Thanks! While I removed the covers to the outlet, paint on the outlet just seems to get on when the roller went crazy...

Needless to say, a tip I learned to avoid this in the future (in addition to removing the cover plate), is to put painters tape over the outlet face. So, if the roller or brush slips and gets paint on it, it will be on the tape and not on the outlet.

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