It seems that no matter how hard you try, no matter what precautions you take, paint still manages to find its way onto things that it wasn't meant to. If you've recently taken on a painting project, or had some work done around your home, you may be finding bits of paint here and there. Below, you'll find tips to help you remove the paint smudges and splatters with ease.

Paint on Unfinished Wood

If wood is unfinished, you'll have a pretty easy time removing the paint – all you'll need is a bit of fine-grit sandpaper and a clean cloth.

Use the sandpaper to sand away the paint that is on the wood. Wipe the area with a damp cloth and allow it to dry. Check the area to see if it's noticeable where you sanded. If it is, you'll need to use the sandpaper to blend the wood that you've freshly sanded with the wood surrounding it. This is done by lightly sanding away from the originating spot. Eventually, the area where the paint was will blend in perfectly with the surrounding wood.

Paint on Finished Wood

Wood that has been finished is a little more difficult to remove the paint from. This is because if you sand it, you'll need to reapply the stain and sealant to have it look perfect.

Instead of sanding, you'll need a little bit of mineral spirits, a playing card and some paper towels. Apply the mineral spirits to the paper towel – just enough to dampen the paper towel – you don't want it dripping. Wipe the paint doing your best to keep the mineral spirits only on the paint. Wait a few seconds and wipe it again. Repeat this step several times.

Take the playing card and test the edges of the paint. The paint should become pliable and begin to peel off of the surface easily. If it's not ready to peel, reapply the mineral spirits several more times until it's ready to peel.

Paint on Glass or Glossy Tile

This will be the easiest for you to clean up. All you'll need is a metal putty knife and some glass cleaner that contains ammonia.

Use the putty knife to scrape the paint off of the glass or tile. Use the glass cleaner to bring it back to a shine. If paint remains, soak the area with the glass cleaner and allow it to sit for several minutes. Then, use the putty knife to scrape the paint away and buff the area clean once more.

The paint that has gotten away can be eliminated for good. Hopefully, the tips above will help you complete the project perfectly. Otherwise, contact a residential painting service for more help.