Paint drips on your natural woodwork can be a real pain and a real eyesore. Don't despair. We'll show you how to get rid of those pesky drips without damaging the wood or the finish. Follow these four easy steps for a drip-free look.
By the DIY experts of The Family Handyman Magazine:May 2008
Drag the edge of the paint scraper
across the old paint, angling it so it
doesn't dig into the wood.
Scrape out corners and other tough
spots with the edge of a razor knife.
Angle it down as you scrape to avoid
cutting the wood.
A few dried paint drips on natural
trim can make a whole room look
shabby. But you don't need to
strip the woodwork to get rid of them. You
can remove drips—and the streaks of old
paint that make edges of trim so hard to
repaint—just by scraping, even if the
paint has been dry for years.
First, scrape the paint with a metal
putty knife (Photo 1). Paint doesn't stick
well to varnish, and often the drips will
pop right off. Use a razor knife for corners
Finally, clean up any residue by rubbing
the wood with denatured alcohol (Photo
3). Use matching stain or a stain marker
to touch up any light spots (Photo 4).
Apply masking tape on edges for a drip-free paint job.
Rub off any remaining paint residue
with a cotton rag wrapped around a
paint scraper and dipped in denatured
quick touchups where
the finish has rubbed off.
Masking tape does a good job
of protecting woodwork—if
it's applied well.
Clean off all the dirt and grime along
the edge of the trim with a damp rag.
Hold the tape tight against the wall and
roll it out so the tape covers the edge.
Press the tape against the wood with a
putty knife along the entire length. Use
painter's tape that's at least twice as wide
as the trim and leave it flared out to protect
the face of the trim from drips.
When you're done, either remove the
tape immediately while the paint is still
wet or wait until the next day when it's
totally dry. If you pull it free when the
paint is partially dry, you may peel off
bits of fresh paint along with the tape.
Have the necessary tools for this DIY project lined up before you start—you’ll save time and frustration.
Avoid last-minute shopping trips by having all your materials ready ahead of time. Here's a list.
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