My husband was moving our washing machine with a dolly. He dropped the washing machine and now the front has dents and green paint from the dolly. How do I get the green paint off from the front of the washer?

  • Make him remove it. "You break it, you buy it" policy!
    – cathode
    Apr 19 '15 at 16:57

You might try a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser


The paint from the Dollie is probably enamel, the same stuff on the washing machine.

TEST all methods in an inconspicuous area first! and let any wet methods dry, to check for hazing.

As a last resort, use acetone.

But give the soft side of a sponge, water and elbow grease a shot first. A plastic scraper might help, but be delicate. I round the corners on any trowel I use to 'finish scrape' so that it doesn't scratch the surface. Bic lighters have a nice soft, rounded edge along the bottom, excellent for scraping without scratching on small jobs.

Acetone risks destroying will destroy the finish on the washer. Be quick with it and don't let it sit.

  • Appliance spray paint is good stuff if it's totally shot.
    – Mazura
    Apr 18 '15 at 2:00
  • Acetone is nowhere near as harsh as you make it out to be. Most oil-based paints are not significantly damaged by acetone. It mostly attacks plastic compounds, like the sponge you suggested. Lacquer Thinner would be my suggestion, not acetone.
    – cathode
    Apr 19 '15 at 16:58

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.