Simple Splatter Fixes

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    It seems like no matter how careful you are when painting a room, you are going to have a few splatters and a little bit of paint bleed through behind your painter’s tape. Learn how to clean up a couple of those problem areas.

    Travis Larson: Hi! I am a Travis Larson from Family Handyman Magazine. It seems like no matter how careful you are you are going to have a few splatters and a little bit of paint bleed through behind your painter's tape. So I am going to show you how to clean up a couple of those areas.

    It's best to get on it quickly because the fresh the paint is the easier it is to clean. So we have got some splatters on this laminate floor here. This is really simple to clean up, because it's such a hard surface and so smooth that you can take a sharp chisel and get up most of the material and after that you just hit it with a little goof off to get up the residue.

    So let me show you how that works. All the little buttons pop right off. I wouldn't be quite so easy if you left this here for a few days. You might not be able to see it but there is a fair amount of residue that's still on there. So I am going to just clean up the residue with some goof off. It doesn't damage the clear finishes and it's a real nice material to use to get the last bit of the material off the floor.

    There the laminate floor is spotless. Goof off works great on hardwood floors and tile and another other hard surface, vinyl floors all of it, so go to it. So we have got a little bit of paint bleeds over here probably because we didn't compress this tape with the putty knife well enough.

    So I am going to show you how to clean that off with goof off and a putty knife and a rag, and if that doesn't work I am going to show you one more trick for baked on paint which is using a chisel. I will show you that in a minute.

    So let's scrub it back and forth and keep moving the cloth, and that will work all of that paint off. So go around the whole room, it's worth taking time on this because that's what makes a paint job look crisp.

    Now I will show you what to do if you got some really baked on paint and this could be from a previous paint job to, it might not be the stuff that you put on recently. Stick that chisel and drag it backwards just like this, you can get really baked on paint.

    Okay, it's that simple. That's how you clean up splatters from trim and flooring.