Remove Oil-Based Paint From Siding

5 October 2015
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Oil-based paint that has spilled onto vinyl siding while you were repainting the window frames on your home can seem like a difficult substance to remove, but is simple to do with the proper tools and materials. The following instructions will teach you how to make this repair so that the siding is restored to its original beauty.

Materials Needed

  • plastic putty knife
  • water
  • all-purpose household cleaner
  • slightly abrasive sponge
  • vinyl tarp
  • disposable gloves
  • face mask
  • mild detergent
  • paint solvent
  • water hose

Remove The Dried Paint

Use a plastic putty knife to loosen dried paint spots. Insert the tip of the knife under the edge of each paint spot and gently lift the handle to assist with prying them off. Once you have difficulty removing anymore paint, spray a household cleaner on the spots that remain. Wait a few minutes for the cleaner to penetrate and wipe it with a damp, slightly abrasive sponge. Use firm pressure as you move the sponge back and forth over the paint.

Eliminate Stubborn Spots

If any spots are difficult to remove, paint solvent can be applied to them to speed up the removal process. Cover the ground that is next to the siding with a vinyl tarp to protect the grass from being exposed to the solvent. Put on a pair of disposable gloves and a face mask because solvent contains strong chemicals that could irritate your skin or throat if you touch the product or breathe in its fumes. Pour a small amount of solvent onto a damp sponge. Press the sponge against each paint spot. Wait several seconds for the solvent to penetrate.

Rub the spots until all traces of the paint have been removed. Add more solvent to the sponge if any of the paint spots do not come off right away. Use soapy water and a sponge to clean the treated parts of the siding and eliminate any paint thinner that remains. Rinse the siding off with a water hose that is adjusted to a strong water pressure setting to remove soapy film that is on the siding's surface.

Maintain The Siding

Keep the siding clean and damage-free by inspecting it regularly and spraying it off with a water hose. Treat any surface stains on the vinyl with household cleaner and a sponge. Cover the areas next to sections that are being painted with strips of painter's tape to prevent accidents from occurring in the future. These steps can be completed quickly and will help lengthen the life of the siding and keep it looking great.

For more information about maintaining your siding, contact a company like Ryan Roofing.