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I recently had the walls and ceiling in my home office refinished with a smooth texture. When I was painting the walls, in a couple of the corners, I bumped the roller against the adjacent wall. I didn't notice this until after the paint dried so now I have circular drip marks in a couple of spots. The paint is a flat interior latex.

How can I remove these marks without damaging the nice new texture (that I paid a not insignificant amount of money to get)?

Tools and supplies I have to hand include: full sheets of sandpaper in various grits, hand sander w/ also with various grits (I think 220 is the finest), Roto-Zip (but without any of the buffing/sanding/polishing accessories). I can be convinced to get other tools or supplies within reason. :)

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If the painting was recent (within say a month or so), and is still a bit rubbery, you can do a great job using a single-edge razor blade to slice off just the offending drip. Hold the blade almost flat to the wall so it doesn't dig in to the surrounding paint. Then you'll just have that little circle to touch up with a dab from the corner of your brush.

This also works for other similar blemishes like roller fuzz or small chunks of latex.

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How about just using an Extra Fine Sanding Sponge:

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I've tried this exact sponge, and it takes some serious elbow grease to sand down a drip mark. You also end up taking a lot of paint off from the surrounding area. (I was using it on eggshell though, not flat.) I'd try the razor blade option first. –  Doresoom Oct 26 '10 at 13:47
    
I've used these in the past for cutting the surface of glossy paint, but never really considered them for actual real sanding. I ended up using one to tidy up the area after getting most of the drip mark off with the razor blade. –  Niall C. Nov 24 '10 at 2:13
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