How to Remove Spray Paint from Laminate Countertops

If you’ve accidentally sprayed paint on your laminate countertops, don’t panic! While it can be a bit of a challenge, it is possible to remove spray paint from laminate surfaces. Follow these steps to get your countertops looking good as new:

Gather Your Materials

Before you start the removal process, you’ll need to gather a few supplies. You’ll need:

  • Acetone or nail polish remover (make sure it’s acetone-based)
  • A clean, dry cloth
  • A scraper or putty knife
  • A plastic scrub pad
  • Dish soap
  • Warm water

Test a Small Area

Before you start trying to remove the paint, it’s important to test a small, inconspicuous area to make sure the acetone or nail polish remover won’t damage the laminate. Simply apply a small amount of the acetone or nail polish remover to a cloth and rub it into the paint. If the laminate is unaffected, you can proceed with the removal process. If the laminate appears to be damaged, you’ll need to find an alternative method for removing the paint.

Remove the Paint

Once you’ve determined that it’s safe to use acetone or nail polish remover, follow these steps to remove the paint:

  1. Dampen a cloth with acetone or nail polish remover and blot the paint until it is saturated.
  2. Use the scraper or putty knife to scrape off as much of the paint as possible gently.
  3. Dampen a plastic scrub pad with warm water and dish soap, then scrub the remaining paint.
  4. Wipe the area clean with a damp cloth and dry with a clean, dry cloth.

If the paint is particularly stubborn, you may need to repeat this process a few times before the paint is completely removed.

Preventative Measures

To prevent accidental spray paint spills in the future, there are a few precautions you can take:

  • Cover your countertops with a drop cloth or plastic sheeting when painting nearby.
  • Wipe up any spills immediately.
  • Store spray paint out of reach of children and pets.

Additional Tips

If you’re still having trouble removing the paint, here are a few additional tips:

  • Avoid using abrasive cleaners or scouring pads, as they may scratch the laminate.
  • If the paint is oil-based, you may be able to remove it with a degreaser or mineral spirits. However, be sure to test a small area first to make sure it doesn’t damage the laminate.
  • If all else fails, you may need to call in a professional to remove the paint.


With a little elbow grease and the right materials, it is possible to remove spray paint from laminate countertops. Just be sure to test a small area first and use caution when scraping or scrubbing to avoid damaging the laminate.

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