Painting is fun because it makes furniture, walls, and window frames beautiful again! If it is tight in the paint, it gets an entirely different look and can last for years. Painting alone can also make a mess. Paint splatter can end up anywhere, usually where you don’t want it. Can you remove paint with soda?
Soda is very concentrated and can damage the substrate. Dissolve 1 kilo of soda and 1 liter of green soap in water and add cornstarch to thicken it. Leave it on the spot for at least 4 hours. After that, you can remove the paint.
But that’s a brief guide if you want to remove paint with soda. There is more to it than what has just been discussed, which this article covers. Also, remove paint with baking soda. So read on if you want to remove paint using soda.
If you want to remove dried paint from different surfaces, I recommend reading our article ‘Removing dried paint—full of practical tips.
How to Remove Paint With Soda
Soda is a chemical compound not extracted in nature but produced in chemical factories. The scientific term for soda is Sodium Carbonate, and the glass industry is one of its largest customers. Adding soda to glass makes the glass clearer and more robust.
But now, what about removing paint with Sodium Carbonate?
In its purest form, soda is a highly acidic product and is often used in the home for cleaning.
The solid acidic effect of soda also has a disadvantage if you want to use it for removing paint. You will have to let the soda soak into the paint, and this can damage the surface.
You can dissolve soda in water and treat the paint spot with it, but that will not give many results. In this case, the amount of soda (concentration) is too little to loosen the paint, so you cannot remove it with a putty knife.
If you want to use soda, you must let the soda work on the paint spot. You can moisten soda a bit and apply it to the paint spot. The tricky part, however, is that the soda dissolves. It will be best if the soda is thick, which can be done with cornflour. Cornstarch is also used to thicken sauces and also works to thicken soda.
On the internet, you also read that green soap is added to enhance the dissolving effect. The mixture is applied to the spot, and you let it soak for at least 4 hours. Then remove it with a putty knife.
The ratio used is 1 kilo of soda, 1 kilo of green soap to ten liters of water to which cornstarch is added. Another method is to hide the paint carefully or to sand it gently.
Dissolving paint with soda, green soap, and cornstarch is the last resort, and I certainly don’t recommend it.
Remove Paint With Baking Soda
What about baking soda? Can you remove paint with it?
Baking soda is a product that is widely used worldwide and has many applications. We use (cleaning) vinegar more, and the rest of the world uses baking soda.
Baking soda is at least three times less strong than soda.
Baking soda is used, among other things, for baking products in the kitchen and thus for internal use. You can never use soda for internal use.
Baking soda can be used in removing paint from door fittings, drawer knobs, and the like. To do this, remove the door fittings from the door and place them in a pan of boiling water. Add a sachet of baking soda and regular vinegar. Let this cook for about 20 minutes, and if all goes well, the paint has come off, or you can now easily remove it.
Also read: How to Remove Dried Paint from various surfaces.