I was spraying my bathroom right after a new shower insert was installed. I guess some masking blew back and I got latex paint overspray all over the insert. Of course, I didn't realize it until it had dried for a week or so.
I'm really afraid of scratching the white insert and I'm hoping someone has a clever trick to getting it off without damage. I've tried some sponges and brushes with no luck!

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    What are you calling an "insert"—the surround? If so, try some Goo Gone Latex Paint Clean Up.
    – Huesmann
    Commented Apr 11 at 15:35
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    Drops of latex paint on a smooth hard surface can often be scratched off with just your fingernail. Commented Apr 11 at 15:42
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    There are plastic or nylon "razor blades" available to install in scrapers to aid in scraping on surfaces that would be scratched by the "real" ones.
    – gnicko
    Commented Apr 11 at 17:52

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Latex paint is relatively easy to remove from a smooth surface. Assuming that this is a plastic or fiberglass shower insert, you can use automotive detailing clay to remove overspray with no risk of scratching. Buy a clay bar kit from your local auto parts store or the Amazon. It should include a bottle of spray lubricant and the clay itself. Follow the instructions.

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