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Old December 15th, 2007, 04:13 PM   #1
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Anything that might remove OLD, dry paint from a finished hardwood floor other than refinishing? I was thinking of trying some fine steel wool and a diluted paint thinner.
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Old December 15th, 2007, 04:51 PM   #2
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if its latex paint try linseed oil, it breaks it down quick and shouldn't effect the floor. if its an enamel then use 100% clean stoddard solvent(enamal reducer) if it disolves even a little it can soak into the floor and stain it so just use it on a rag to moisten it and rub. if its really thick try a razor scraper. you might just peel it off with little or no damage to the floor.
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Thanks Yetti, I'll give that a try. No idea what type of paint it is. The old lady that lived here before decided that drop clothes weren't needed to protect the floor.:stan3:
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scotchbrite pad and murphys oil soap will really make an old dirty floor look nice again. Use it only if the finish isn't worn off.

For the paint, a razor blade, putty knife or something along those lines and some patience will take most paint drops off the floor. Again, if the finish is in good condition.
If the finish is bad (wood isnt sealed anymore) than the dirt and paint will be in the woodgrain and you should just refinish them.
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I think I used a paperbag wadded up gently. It is like very fine sandpaper.
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yeah I gave up trying to get the paint off. the more I looked at it, the more paint there was to remove. So I broke out the sander and started going nuts on the stairs. The mrs. will be surprised when she gets home from her work party.:tonka:
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