Removing dried paint from quartz countertops can be a daunting task. If you’ve ever tried to remove paint from this type of surface, you know that it’s not easy.
In this article, I will provide an ultimate guide exclusively on how to remove dried paint from your quartz countertops.
In summary, here are five easy ways to remove dried paint from quartz countertops;
- Using A Scrapper
- Using A Solvent (Rubbing Alcohol)
- Using A Hairdryer
- Using Goo Gone
Continue reading as I delve into the details on how to remove dried paint from your quartz countertops.
Types Of Paints
Before we get into the details of removing dried paints from quartz countertops, let’s first understand the different types of paints we have.
Today, there are two types of paint commonly used in homes; water-based and oil-based paints.
The water-based paints are made up of acrylic paints, latex paints, vinyl-acrylic paints, etc. These types of paints are easier to work with, and they clean up easily as well.
The oil-based paints, on the other hand, are a lot tricky to remove as they contain petroleum-based solvents.
But don’t worry! With the right methods and tools, you can still remove them from your quartz countertops.
Paint On Quartz Countertops
One of the most frustrating things about quartz countertops is that they’re not impervious to paint.
You can take all the necessary precautions to avoid getting paint on your counters, but sometimes accidents happen.
Whether you’re dealing with a small splatter or a large spill, it’s important to act quickly. The longer the paint sits on the surface, the harder it will be to remove.
If you’re dealing with a fresh spill, start by blotting up as much of the paint as possible with a clean cloth. Once you’ve removed as much paint as you can, it’s time to start working on the remainder.
How To Remove Dried Paint From Quartz Countertops
There are a few different methods you can use to remove dried paint from quartz countertops. The method you choose will depend on the type and amount of paint you’re dealing with.
Method One: Using A Scrapper
Using a scrapper is one of the easiest and most important ways to remove dried-up paint from your quartz countertops. All you need is a scrapper, putty knife, or razor blade to get started.
It works on all types of dried paint stains, regardless of the paint type. This method is very intuitive, and as the tool name suggests, you’re simply going to be scraping off the dried paint from your quartz.
To use the scrapper to remove dried paint from your quartz countertops, here’s a step-by-step guide you must follow.
- Start by holding the scrapper at a 45-degree angle to the countertop and gently start scraping off the dried paint.
- Work in small sections, and be careful not to scratch the surface of your quartz countertop.
- Once you’ve removed as much paint as possible, vacuum or brush off any residue and continue scrapping until the paint is completely gone.
- Because dried paint tends to be dusty or powdery when removed, you can pour some water over the dried paint stain (especially for water-based paints) before going ahead to scrap them off.
- Once the dried paint stain is gone, use a damp microfiber cloth or a lint-free towel to clean the area and remove any residue.
Method Two: Using A Solvent (Rubbing Alcohol)
For the most part, using a solvent is going to be the best way to remove dried paint from your quartz countertops.
A solvent will help to dissolve the paint, making it much easier (and less messy) to remove. The only downside is that you need to be careful with solvents, as they can be dangerous if used improperly.
One of the safest solvents that you can confidently use for this purpose is rubbing alcohol. You can find this at any local drug store or grocery store.
To remove dried paint from your quartz countertops using rubbing alcohol, here’s what you need to do:
- Dampen a piece of rag with a generous amount of rubbing alcohol.
- Rub the paint-stained area with the rubbing alcohol-dampened rag until the paint starts to dissolve.
- Continue rubbing until the paint stain is completely removed.
- Once the paint has dissolved, wipe away any residue with a clean, damp cloth.
- Allow to air dry.
Method Three: Using A Hairdryer
One of the quickest and easiest ways to remove dried paint from quartz countertops is by using a hairdryer.
As you may have rightly guessed, this method uses a bit of heat to soften the paint so that it can be removed more easily.
This works best on small oil-based paint splatters that have dried over time. If you’re dealing with a larger area, this may not work entirely.
To use the hairdryer to remove dried paint from quartz countertops, here are the steps you need to follow.
- Set your hairdryer to the lowest heat setting and hold it about four inches away from the dried paint stain.
- This is so that you do not damage the resins and polymers that are contained in your quartz material.
- Allow the heat to penetrate the paint for about 30 seconds to one minute.
- You can do this by slowly moving the hairdryer back and forth until you see the paint start to soften.
- Once the area is heated, use a putty knife or razor blade to scrape off the softened paint.
- Use a damp microfiber cloth or a lint-free towel to clean the area and remove any remaining paint residue.
- Allow the quartz countertop to air dry, and voila! You have a paint-free quartz countertop.
Method Four: Using Goo Gone
Goo gone is a store-bought product that is specifically designed to remove sticky and tough residue, including dried paint.
This product is made up of ingredients like citrus oils and petroleum distillates, which work together to dissolve the paint so that it can be wiped away easily.
To use Goo Gone to remove dried paint from quartz countertops, here’s what you need to do:
- Apply a generous amount of Goo Gone onto the dried paint stain.
- Allow the goo gone application to sit on the dried paint stain for 5-10 minutes in order to penetrate and loosen the paint.
- Use a rag or an old t-shirt to wipe away the paint thoroughly.
- If there is any residue left behind, apply more Goo Gone and repeat steps two through four until the area is clean.
- Wash the area with soap and water to remove any remaining Goo Gone cleaning residue.
- Allow your quartz countertop to air dry.
As you can see, there are a few different ways that you can remove dried paint from quartz countertops.
The method that you choose will depend on the severity of the paint stain and what type of paint was used.
If all else fails, you can always contact a professional to help you clean your quartz countertops and remove any dried paint stains.
I hope that this article was helpful and that you now feel confident in removing any dried paint stains from your quartz countertops!