I have some paint (latex, exterior) smears on my vinyl siding. It's set in the tiny cracks and is thoroughly cooked by the sun. I want to remove that.

I was recommended methyl hydrate, which gave me moderate success (scrubbed for a while with plain old scott towel). But it doesn't seem to be getting rid of the paint in the tiny cracks. Is there something better I could use? (I'd wash the place down with water to avoid reactions).

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    try a stiff paintbrush with the methyl hydrate. It might get into the cracks better. – shirlock homes Mar 23 '13 at 20:31

When I get paint on something like clothing I use nail polish remover. It takes time to soften the paint and remove it, but it doesn't harm the fabric.

  • Does this work on vinyl siding too? – Niall C. Mar 24 '13 at 15:37
  • The trick is to always try it in a well hidden spot first to see if it causes any damages. – MPelletier Mar 24 '13 at 15:39
  • Also, I remember I once removed a permanent felt marker graffiti off a metal door (painted with metal paint) with nail polish remover (no acetone). Did the job, but was a but tough on the paint. – MPelletier Mar 24 '13 at 15:41
  • Got slightly better success with nail polish remover than methy hydrate. Applied both with a stiff paintbrush then a very stiff floor brush. It's as if the vinyl is too porous to scrub efficiently... – MPelletier Mar 25 '13 at 1:16

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