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post #1 of 12 Old 08-07-2019, 04:35 PM Thread Starter
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screwed up got paint on polyacrylic top.

I stained a table top. Then used poly acrylic to finish. When painting rest of table I screwed up and got paint on the top.. How can I remove it without affecting the poly? Please help.
This is a hickory table top stained a dark brown. I had to use a wood dye to get the color.
Am I gonna have to redo the top after removing the paint. Used goo off but the poly has dulled. My husband actually did the top and he is not gonna be happy. The wood dye started to come up some when using the dye but looks ok. Can I just put polyurethane over the poly if I can get the paint off?
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post #2 of 12 Old 08-07-2019, 04:46 PM
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There isn't a way not to damage the poly if the paint has dried. It would help to say what to do next if we knew what kind of paint you used and how was it applied. Also how long has it been since the polycrylic was applied.
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Poly was applied 30 days ago. Latex paint with a brush but just smears. Should have protected whole top instead of just edges. What should I do next. Wish I could go back in time. I would have used polyurethane. I know I can get paint off of that.

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If the latex paint is remotely still wet it can be washed off with a rag wet with water.
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I'm not understanding some of what you said in post 3. If you put polycrylic on the base of the table and then trying to paint with latex, that won't work. You would either have to use an oil based paint or an oil based primer first. Latex won't adhere to polycrylic.
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No sorry. The table top has poly. The rest of the table is latex.
I took soap and water and scrubbed with a rag and a putty knife. Wrapped putty knife in rag the was able to get most of it off.

There are some light marks and some scratches. I hope can sand lightly and re-poly and should be fine.


If I sand lightly could I use oil based polyurethane or should I just stay with the poly acrylic.
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No sorry. The table top has poly. The rest of the table is latex.
I took soap and water and scrubbed with a rag and a putty knife. Wrapped putty knife in rag the was able to get most of it off.

There are some light marks and some scratches. I hope can sand lightly and re-poly and should be fine.


If I sand lightly could I use oil based polyurethane or should I just stay with the poly acrylic.
What I would do is pick the remainder of the paint off with my fingernail. Then scuff sand the entire surface with 220 grit paper and put another coat of polycrylic on. That should take care of the scuff marks.

I know it's too late now but if you had found the white paint while you were applying the white paint it would have easily washed off.
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I had some butcher get latex on my lacquered cabinets. Years later when getting the house painted, the painter told me to just us a wet rag and some elbow grease. Worked fine.

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Using your nail to remove the last bit, then sanding it down and lastly giving it a new layer of polycrylic, seems to me as a good idea.

Hope it works out for you, and that you get your tabletop fixed, and that your husband doesn't get too mad at you.
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Thanks everyone. Got another question..
When cleaning up paint I got to much water and wood swelled. A little better since it has dried up but am concerned about in the future.

So was wondering if I can recoat this table top with polyurethane. What would I have to do to the polycrylic to get the polyurethane to adhere. Anything? Sand with 220 grit then polyurethane?
I want this top to be water resistant.
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Yes, a light sanding is necessary.
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Help again. You all are gonna believe this because these things happen but . . .

So got table tops fixed. Sanded, then my husband put polyurethane on them. Look good. I was applying felt on leg bottoms and OMG, when my husband put the Polyurethane coating we wiped off underneath table top and got a light coating and some drips on the white table legs, now yellowed. My turn to be mad at him.



Any suggestions. I have Minwax Polyacrylic on the white latex paint which is now under the polyurethane yellow spots. Need to remove the yellow polyurethane.


Of course would like to sand drips and yellowing then recoat with polyacrylic if paint not damaged. Any ideas how I would best remove the polyurethane without damaging the latex paint to much?


Then If that won't work what do I need to do to just touch-up the latex paint to cover the yellowing and then re apply minwax polyacrylic.



Boy this sucks. But learning so much. LOL
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