One wrong step and the gallon of paint you intended for the walls ends up on the floor. A paint spill can quickly turn your DIY into a disaster. Improper cleaning techniques can often cause permanent damage and you may just tell yourself you can live with the paint spill – choosing to cover it with an area rug instead of attempting to clean it. Instead of finessing your home decorating skills, follow these expert tips to effectively clean a paint spill.

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Fresh Paint Spill

If the paint is still fresh use clean, cotton cloths to absorb the paint. Blot paint into the cloth and avoid wiping as you’ll likely spread it around more than you’ll be able to wipe it up. After the fresh paint is wiped up you may notice a chalky residue and some tint left behind. Clean the area with a latex paint remover to completely remove paint residues.

Dried Paint

Paint splatters happen to the best of us so it’s not uncommon to notice dried drops of paint after you’ve finished. Spray the area with Motsenbocker’s Lift Off Latex Paint Remover. Allow Lift Off to sit for 60 seconds then wipe the surface clean. Some surfaces may require a little agitation. A putty knife or scouring pad can be used if the surface allows – pay close attention not to scratch delicate surfaces.

Paint thinners and solvent should be avoided especially when working on wood or lament. These harsh chemicals can often strip away finishes and remove wood stains causing permanent damage.

Time to Repaint

We’re often asked about cleaning a paint spill or drop that lands on a painted baseboard, molding, or other painted surface. Because our Latex Paint Remover is designed to remove paint it is likely that the underlying surface paint will be removed in the process of cleaning the paint spill. In this case we suggest sanding down the spill touching up or repainting the area.

So how does Lift Off Paint Remover Work?

Breaks the Molecular Bond™ between stain and surface

The patented formula of Mötsenböcker’s Lift Off® Breaks the Molecular Bond™ for fast, easy removal of latex paint and latex enamel from walls, trim, molding, floors, wood, vinyl, tile, laminate, metal, brick, concrete, and vehicles.

Lift Off® will not melt or dissolve paint, leaving paint solid and intact for safe and easy clean-up and disposal.

Environmental Facts: Water-based, biodegradable formula with low VOC content. Contains less than half the regulated VOC limit.

Tips and Tricks:

Use caution on painted, colored, or treated concrete and other surfaces. Lift Off® may remove these.

For Hard Surfaces:

  • Test in an inconspicuous area to ensure surface integrity and compatibility.
  • Spray area and wait at least 60 seconds.
  • Agitate with a soft brush if necessary.
  • Wipe with a clean white cloth or rinse clean if possible. Repeat if necessary.

For Porous Surfaces:

  • Test in an inconspicuous area to ensure surface integrity and compatibility.
  • Spray area and wait at least 3 minutes.
  • Agitate with a soft brush if necessary.
  • For best results remove paint with a high pressure water system set at 1200 psi or greater working from bottom to top. Repeat if necessary.

For Vehicles:

  • Test on an inconspicuous area.
  • Spray directly onto area with graffiti or paint transfer.
  • Wipe immediately with clean, white cloth.
  • Do not allow Lift Off® to remain on vehicle for more than 5-10 seconds at a time.
  • Completely wash Lift Off® from vehicle after treatment. Repeat if necessary. Avoid applying Lift Off® to vehicles in direct sunlight.

Watch Lift Off Paint Remover in action

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