How To Remove Dry Paint From Kitchen Sink – Effectively!

Stainless steel kitchen sinks are easily the most popular option for homeowners. These sinks are stylish, inexpensive, and supremely durable, so much so that some people use them to clean paint brushes. Unfortunately, paint is designed to latch onto surfaces, which distresses homeowners who let the paint dry on their stainless steel kitchen sinks. 

These methods should remove dry paint from your kitchen sink:

  1. Use denatured alcohol to remove water-based paint. 
  2. Use ammonia solution to remove oil-based paint. 
  3. Use a paint stripper to remove all types of dried paint. 
  4. Soak dried paint in WD-40 to loosen stubborn paint. 
  5. Use baking soda to clean dried paint. 

Below, I explain how the above methods effectively remove dry paint from your kitchen sink. This piece will guide you toward the best paint-removal method for your situation. 

1. Use Denatured Alcohol To Remove Dry Water-Based Paint

Denatured alcohol is the best solution for dried water-based paint as it dissolves the dried paint, making it easier to remove. You can use any type of alcohol available in your house; however, it might not be as effective as denatured alcohol.

Before you start the removal, wear rubber gloves to protect your skin from the chemical. Furthermore, keep any flame sources away as denatured alcohol ignites easily. 

Follow this process to remove dry water-based paint from your kitchen sink using denatured alcohol:

  1. Soak a cotton rag in denatured alcohol. Place a cotton rag in denatured alcohol and let it soak until saturated. 
  2. Rub the paint surface with the rag. Rub the paint surface with the rug in a particular direction. You might need to rub vigorously if the paint has stayed on the surface for a long time. 
  3. Observe the paint color. If the paint color transfers onto the rag, denatured alcohol will probably work. No paint transfer means the paint is oil-based and won’t react with the solvent. 
  4. Rub until the paint dislodges. Continue rubbing with your rug or cotton swab until the paint dislodges. If you experience difficulty removing the paint using the rug, use a plastic scraper or an old credit card to scrape off the paint. 
  5. Rinse and wipe. Clean off the alcohol using dish soap and warm water. Finally, use dry towels to dry off your clean sink. 

The difficulty of removing dried water-based paint using denatured alcohol increases with the age of the dried paint. Therefore, removing caked-on paint from your kitchen sink may demand patience, but rest assured that denatured alcohol will deliver results. 

2. Use Ammonia Solution To Remove Oil-Based Paint

Oil-based paint is a bit more difficult to remove compared to water-based paint. Nevertheless, the dried paint will come off with an ammonia solution. 

For this method, be sure to use gloves to protect your hands from the ammonia solution, and use a mask and goggles to guard against ammonia’s intense fumes. 

Once you have your safety gear, follow this process to remove dry oil-based paint from your kitchen sink using ammonia solution:

  1. Dab a small amount of ammonia solution on the paint surface. Depending on the size of the paint blemish, pour a small amount of ammonia on its surface. 
  2. Leave it for a few minutes. Let the ammonia seep into the paint, dissolving it and making it easier to remove. 
  3. Use a rug or plastic scraper to clear the paint. After a few minutes, use a rug to clear the softened paint. If you experience resistance, let the ammonia sit for longer or use a plastic scraper to remove the stain. Don’t use a metal object to scrape the paint as it may destroy your sink’s finish. 
  4. Rinse and dry. After removing the paint, rinse the sink with warm water and soap. Use towels to dry the paint-free stainless steel sink. 

3. Use a Paint Stripper To Remove All Types of Dried Paint

If you are unsure about the type of paint that’s dried onto your kitchen sink, a paint stripper is a practical solution to your problem. Paint stripper is also known as a lacquer or paint thinner. 

The products in paint strippers can have long-term health effects; therefore, wear rubber gloves and a mask before handling the solvent. Furthermore, ensure that the space you are working in is sufficiently aerated. 

Follow this process to remove dry paint from your kitchen sink using a paint stripper:

  1. Dampen a clean rug using a paint stripper. Dampen a corner of a rug or an entire rug using a paint stripper. 
  2. Rub paint stripper on the stain. Rub the paint stripper on the stain without changing direction until you cover the entire surface with the solvent. 
  3. Leave it for a few minutes. Let the paint stripper work its magic for about fifteen minutes. The solvent dissolves the paint, loosening it up and priming it for removal. 
  4. Use a scraper to remove the paint. Use a scraper to scrape off the loosened paint gently. You can also use the damp rug to clear the stain. 
  5. Rinse and dry. Clear the ammonia solution and residue paint particles using hot water and dish soap. Finish off by using towels to dry the area. 

4. Soak Dried Paint in WD-40 To Loosen Stubborn Paint

Even with paint strippers, some stains refuse to come out. If this happens, it’s time to pull out the multi-purpose WD-40. 

WD-40 has myriad uses, including –as you’ll delightfully find out– removing stubborn paint from kitchen sinks. The product is common in most home workshops due to its versatility, but if you don’t have WD-40, you can purchase it cheaply at your local depo. 

Follow this process to remove dry paint from your kitchen sink using WD-40:

  1. Spray the WD-40 on the paint surface. Cover the paint surface using WD-40. 
  2. Let it rest for a few minutes. Allow the WD-40 to loosen the paint by letting the solvent rest for a few minutes. About fifteen minutes should be enough, but you can give it more time depending on the age and thickness of the paint.
  3. Use a scraper to clear the paint. Use a plastic scraper to remove the blemish. If it doesn’t come off completely, spray more WD-40, and let the solvent soak before trying to scrape it off. You can also use a rug to dislodge the paint if the scraper proves ineffective. 
  4. Rinse and wash. Use hot water and dish soap to rinse the area and dry using towels. 

WD-40 doesn’t dry out, so you can soak a stubborn paint patch overnight to facilitate easier removal. It isn’t as harsh as the other solvents, but you should still wear rubber gloves before using WD-40. 

5. Use Baking Soda To Clean Dried Paint

This method is for those who prefer not to expose their bodies to chemicals and have a lot of time on their hands. Baking soda can remove dried paint from your kitchen sink, but the process is time-consuming. 

All you require is baking a mixture of baking soda and water and a rug/scraper. 

Follow this process to remove dry paint from your kitchen sink using baking soda solution:

  1. Soak the paint using a baking powder solution. Baking soda isn’t as strong a chemical as the ones detailed above, so you must soak the paint in a hot baking soda solution for about an hour. The solution evaporates, so ensure that you top up the evaporated water. 
  2. Scrape off the paint once it starts loosening. Hot baking soda solution loosens the bonds between the paint particles and those between the paint and the metal surface, making it easier for you to scrape off the paint. If you experience resistance, keep soaking the stain until it loosens. 
  3. Rinse and dry. Rinse your sink using warm water and dish soap, and use towels to dry. 

Key Takeaways

It’s easy to effectively remove dry paint from the kitchen sink using products you likely have on hand already. Just remember these tips:

  • Denatured alcohol removes water-based paint. 
  • Ammonia works to remove oil-based paint. 
  • Paint strippers are good for all types of paint 
  • Use WD-40 to loosen stubborn paint. 
  • Baking soda cleans dried paint.