Dear Home-Ec 101,
One of my darling monsters spilled acrylic paint on my laminate counters. Then, being the smart little cookie he is, he placed one of my cookbooks over the stain to hide the mess. I don’t know when this happened, but it was long enough to let the paint dry. I don’t care about the book, but how do I save my counter?
Counting to 10, 20,30, oh who am I kidding?
Before it dries, acrylic paint is a piece of cake to remove with water. Once dry though, you’ve got a whole new kettle of fish to deal with.
If you have a nylon scraper, like those that come with stoneware, you may be able to scrape off a lot of the problem. Then it’s up to our old friend Bar Keeper’s Friend. Make a paste over the stain and gently scour in a back and forth motion. Rinse carefully. If this does not remove the last traces, you may be able to lift the rest off with acetone (fingernail polish remover). It is very important to test this in an inconspicuous area. As acetone is not environmentally friendly and gives off toxic fumes use a cotton ball or swab to apply sparingly and make sure the area is well ventilated.
Best of luck and don’t be too hard on your budding Picasso.