How To Easily Remove Dry Paint From Unwanted Places
Did you forget to remove the hardware during a recent paint job and slobbered a bit of latex paint on the door knobs? Hinges? Strike plates? Or perhaps the painters before you did and now the paint has been dried on there for 10, 15, even 20 years? Instead of replacing the hardware so it looks clean, how about cleaning off the old paint easily and completely in just a few minutes instead?
For years Hubby has extolled the wonders of Goof Off, and I haven’t listened. Every single time there would be a drop of rogue paint left behind by painters, tar tracked on the floors after our hardwood floors were installed, or some glue residue remains left on glass or plastic after we removed a price sticker, Hubby’s answer was always: Goof Off.
Recently we repainted our entire Florida condo, including doors and the inside of closets. Hubby is a perfectionist (obviously the reason he married me), and doesn’t feel that a random dab of paint on hardware of floors enhances the ambiance of a place.
Since he did all the painting since our return (it was kind of useless for both of us to paint a door or try and squeeze into a closet), the task of cleaning the hardware fell to me.
Hubby handed me a container of Goof Off and a rag, and let me have at it.
Now, at first I was more than a tad skeptical. Sometimes Hubby’s “miracle” products require a lot of elbow grease, some sort of trick or just don’t work as well as he professes.
This time though? I gotta say he was right.
If there was only a stray, single layer of paint, the Goof Off dissolved the stray paint on contact. If there was build up (and some of it was up to an 1/8″ thick!), I had to rub a bit harder or apply 2-3 times.
The goof off worked wonderfully!
The hardware is original to the building (late 80s-early 90s), and I really liked it and was glad we could keep it. All the hardware for each door took me well under 10 minutes to clean up with the Goof Off – I spent more time hunting down a rag than I did cleaning the dried paint! In all I removed paint from nine inner door knobs and their accompanying hardware, and spent just a little over an hour doing it. (We did buy new hinges though.)
So, Hubby’s trick to easily remove dried on latex paint? Goof Off – it works.
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