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How to Remove Oil Based Paint From Hardwood Floors

Remove oil-based paint from hardwood floors with acetone. Oil-based paint can be challenging to remove because most hardwood floors have an oil-based finish. The chemicals that remove oil-based paint can also remove the finish on your floors; You may have to reapply varnish on your hardwood floors after the paint has been removed. It's always best to try to remove oil-based paint with a damp cloth, when accidents happen. Acetone is available at drugstores or chemical stores. For small areas, try nail polish remover with acetone.


1. Apply acetone to the cloth, until damp. Wear gloves to protect your skin from the chemicals.

2. Thoroughly rub the paint with a damp cloth. The acetone starts to dissolve the paint on the top layer and sinks down to the bottom layer. Reapply acetone as needed.

3. Let the acetone soak into the paint for two to three minutes.

4. Use a plastic putty knife and scrape off the oil-based paint. For small gaps, use a toothpick to remove the paint.

5. Reapply the acetone to the cloth and repeat the process until you have completely removed the paint.

6. Clean the area with a damp cloth to remove dirt.

7. Reapply varnish if necessary.


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