If you work a lot with paint like I do, then it never hurts to have a huge list of tools for removing that pesky paint when it doesn’t go where you want it to. While we have a pretty extensive DIY paint remover guide here, I personally like articles that are short, sweet, and info packed so here we go!
When it comes to DIY spray paint remover, 3 quick and handy solutions are vinegar, WD40, and boiling water. The first two solutions are the most versatile, as just about everyone has vinegar and WD40 around the house, but boiling water is one of my favorite practical solutions because it cleans your TOOLS in a flash!
Today in this quick, surgical-strike of an article I’ll tell you all that you need to know to use these 3 simple-but-powerful tools. Let’s get started!
Does vinegar remove spray paint?
Vinegar is not only cheap, but I’d be willing to be that you’ve already got a ton of it in the house. Here is how you can put this environmentally-friendly paint-stripping hack to good use:
- Heat up some distilled white vinegar, either in a saucepan or you can microwave it for a few seconds so that it’s nice and hot.
- Using a small sponge or a soft, clean paintbrush, sop up some of that hot vinegar and rub or brush it liberally onto your paint. Get it nice and wet and don’t worry about the smell, because that will go away quickly.
- Let your vinegar work its magic on the paint for about 10 to 15 minutes. At this point it should soften up nicely and you can go after it with a scraper.
- A little elbow grease should let you remove the trace bits of vinegar and paint with the assistance of some warm, soapy water.
If the paint is a little stubborn, just heat some more vinegar and repeat the process. You wouldn’t think it, but vinegar is actually a pretty good paint stripper and you’ve had it hiding under your nose all of this time!
Does WD 40 remove spray paint?
WD40 is amazing stuff and I think every artist should keep a can handy. When it comes to removing paint, WD40 is best used for taking care of ‘oversprays’. A little spray of WD40 and some elbow grease can get that paint right up. It’s also good for removing paint on your car if someone grazes you and leaves a nasty, painted scratch.
Just be sure to clean it off thoroughly once you’ve gotten the paint out so that you don’t do any damage.
Aside from it’s paint-removal pluses, WD40 also has a few other excellent uses:
- Loosening up paint cans to get them open.
- Getting paint out of tiles.
- Coat a doorknob with WD40 and you can paint the door without paint sticking to that knob!
- Revitalizing stiff, old paintbrushes. Add WD40, get them loosened up, and then clean thoroughly with soap and water. Good as new!
If you have any artificial plants, one last fun application of WD40 is to put a little on those plastic plants. It gives them a wet, lifelike-look that will make people do a doubletake once they realize that the ‘plants’ are not alive!
WD40 is super useful so be sure to stock up on it!
What is the fastest way to remove paint from metal?
One of the easiest and most effective ways to clean paint off of your tools just requires a little boiling water and a hosting container. Get yourself a nice, deep metal pan and put your tools inside of it, and boil up some water in a saucepan.
Don’t forget to wear some gloves as well, because hey, boiling water!
Once the water boils, pour it slowly and carefully into the pan hosting your tools until they are covered over. Let them sit for about 5 minutes and see if the paint starts bubbling up. If it doesn’t, empty the water and repeat the process.
Once it starts bubbling up the paint, you can scrub them down with a little baking soda and a soft-bristled brush and get your tools back to looking like new.
If the paint is still a little stubborn, you can also kick the process up a notch by adding a little white vinegar, but usually I can get it done just fine with the boiling water, patience, and a little elbow grease.
In closing: DIY spray paint remover is simple, practical, and it works
Removing paint doesn’t have to be complicated, so give each of these tips a try and see if you find them worth keeping. Vinegar, WD40, and boiling water are simple, inexpensive, and effective options for getting rid of that excess spray paint in a jiffy. Personally, I’ve gotten a lot of mileage off of them and they’re also easy on the wallet – which means more art supplies, of course!
I’ll close out this article with a useful 3rd party link that you might like if you do a bit of painting outside on the driveway. Take a look here and you can see some great ways to get that paint out of the surface so that your driveway doesn’t look funky!
Until next time, I wish you the best!