Removing Red Paint from White Doors?

My daughter used red paint and splattered it on white closet doors. I need to remove it to sell house. I do not have the money to buy new doors. Help!


By Gina from Abington, MA

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February 19, 20100 found this helpful

For unwanted paint that has dried on a painted surface, the goal is to remove as much of the unwanted paint as possible with minimal effect to the painted surface that has been stained. For bulky drops that have dried on well-sealed or glazed surfaces, it may be possible to use a paint scraper to pry off the stain. Work the edge of the scraper between the drop and the painted surface gradually, much as you would use a spatula to pry a burnt pancake off a nice non-stick pan.

There is another option for flattening and alleviating unwanted paint on a different painted surface. You will need clean cotton swabs, acetone and a clean rag dampened with water.


Apply the cotton swabs dampened (but not over soaked) with acetone directly to the unwanted paint. The goal is to work carefully and methodically to dissolve the unwanted paint, but control the process so that the painted surface underneath is unharmed.

Work in small sections, and wipe periodically with the damp cloth to help keep the acetone confined to the unwanted paint. When removal has been completed to your satisfaction, finish with a light overall cleansing of the affected area using a clean sponge to apply a lightly sudsy solution of mild pH neutral dish fluid diluted with water. Try to avoid over wetting, and allow the painted surface to dry thoroughly. Good luck.

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February 22, 20100 found this helpful

There is a product called Goof-off for removing paint and such. It is available at the big box stores. Perhaps this would help you remove the red paint splatters. It might take more than once to remove it all. Red is a dark color. Can you paint your doors with white interior paint to make them look fresher ?


The last time we painted our bedroom, we painted our doors. ( which were white) They looked so clean and fresh afterward. My husband painted the other white interior doors . Even just by painting the doors, the rest of the house looked better. Hope you sell your house!

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