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Advice for getting paint out of carpeting?

Discussion in 'Anything goes' started by lisa_simpson, Sep 20, 2008.

  1. lisa_simpson

    lisa_simpson Active Member

    So, I bought a little townhouse about a month ago, and decided that I wanted to paint my little third bedroom/office before I moved in. The previous owners agreed to prime the walls, but their crew did kind of a half-assed job and I decided I'd slap on a second coat. How hard could it be, really? I've done a fair amount of painting in my lifetime.

    Yeah, cut to this evening - I have not spilled primer on two separate spots on the carpet, despite having laid down multiple dropcloths, I'm also out of primer and the walls aren't quite finished. My problem is that I couldn't get all of the primer out of the spots - I blotted as best I could and soaked those suckers with water, but it's not all coming up. Anyone have suggestions?

  2. spnited

    spnited Active Member

    Get new carpet
  3. Herbert Anchovy

    Herbert Anchovy Active Member

  4. TheSportsPredictor

    TheSportsPredictor Well-Known Member



    Google "removing paint from carpet" and you will get more advice.
  5. slappy4428

    slappy4428 Active Member

    Asking us about home repair is like asking ... well, it's pretty bad.
  6. ink-stained wretch

    ink-stained wretch Active Member

    Latex? Warm water and soap.

    Oil-based? You're screwed. Unless it's wool. It seems to stand up to turpentine or thinner, which is what you will need.

    Next time, use real drop clothes. yes, they are more expensive. Now you know why painters use the real thing.
  7. Cadet

    Cadet Guest

    Nail polish remover. Buy a big bottle and pour it on the paint stain. Liberally. Blot until dry. If that doesn't get it all, pour remover a second time. Sopping wet.

    It's how I got bright blue paint out of my mother's white carpet. And the most anal woman in the world couldn't tell the difference.
  8. lisa_simpson

    lisa_simpson Active Member

    With acetone, or without? This was a common suggestion when I googled, too, but no one mentioned which type of polish remover to use. Thankfully, the carpet is brown, so the spots just look a little bit lighter brown at the moment. It's latex, so it was coming up with water, but one of the spots is just too big to keep doing that for days on end.
  9. Diego Marquez

    Diego Marquez Member

    Place the furniture in the room over the paint stains.
  10. BYH

    BYH Active Member

    Anyone else see this thread and thought it read "advice for getting out of carpeting?"
  11. I Digress

    I Digress Guest

    how about some browner paint? cheaper than new carpet!
  12. 93Devil

    93Devil Well-Known Member

    Goo Gone


    ". How can I remove lipstick, tar, grease from my carpeting?

    Use Goo Gone, but use it properly. Goo Gone is an adhesive remover and, if used improperly, it can remove the adhesive that affixes the carpet fibers to the backing. Therefore, don't pour Goo Gone into the carpet. Put some on a clean, white rag and work the grease out, changing the rag surface periodically. When you're done, wash the carpet area with soap and water and rinse well with clean water. "
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