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fixing trim damaged by a bad paint job

Hello all,

I just bought my first home, and I am noticing paint on my beautiful varnished cherry trim. It's like the former owners did not know what tape was for when they painted the walls. Is there any way to remove the paint from the wood trim?


Rodney H
Re: fixing trim damaged by a bad paint job

I would suggest two different things. First, if it is hardwood trim, I would just try gently scraping it off with a knife blade. Most generally, it will be latex paint, and should scrape off quite easily. I have done this with oak trim, with no visable marks. Other than that, try using real fine sandpaper, pushing very lightly. Sometimes, I have used warm water on a sponge, to soften the latex paint, and it will come off with just my finger nail.

If you accidentally leave some marks, you will have to have a little cherry stain to gently rub those spots. I agree, there are too many painters who do not know what type of tape to use when painting !!

I hope this helps. Have a Blessed Christmas.

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Re: fixing trim damaged by a bad paint job

Thanks for the reply. I will give your methods a try.

Merry Christmas!

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