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How To Remove Paint from Sink Safely and Quickly

remove paint from sink
Written by Callum Strempel

What do you do when you just finished your paint job outside and need to wash off the paint? Just like many of you, I made the mistake of washing the paint off my hands over the sink. As a result, my sink became stained and that’s where my misery started.

After one week of rigorous searching online and trying on a bunch of different products and sinks, I finally succeeded. It was a lot of effort, but the job is finally done. My sink is back to normal, and yours can be too.

For those who made the same mistake as me and are looking for a quick and secure fix, I’ve made a complete set of processes that can help you remove the paint from you sink almost effortlessly. So without wasting any more of your time, let’s dig right in.

Removing Paint From Ceramic Sink

Things you need

  • Paint remover for ceramic surfaces
  • A piece of soft cloth
  • Soft bristle toothbrush


  • Apply paint remover on the surface and allow it to soak for some period
  • Use the soft bristle toothbrush to scrub, and do not be harsh to evade any damage to the original color
  • After the paint is removed, use a piece of soft cloth to wipe. See how the ceramic surface is looking now and you can do the steps again to obtain a better result. Also, you can use a cloth drenched in hot water to clean
  • Ventilation is crucial as paint remover can be poisonous. You could feel unwell if you work with a paint remover in a locked room. Wear a mask and open every window and door to allow the fresh air to come inside

Removing Paint From Porcelain Sink

Things you need

  • A piece of microfiber cloth
  • Rubbing alcohol or kerosene


  • Soak a piece of microfiber cloth or cotton in rubbing alcohol or kerosene
  • Scrub as hard as you can on the porcelain sink
  • See what result you got. If the paint is still noticeable, do the steps again until you get the outcomes as expected

Removing Paint From Plastic Sink

Things you need

  • Vegetable oil
  • A piece of soft cloth
  • Nail paint remover
  • Hand gloves
  • A waste piece of cloth
  • Plastic knife


  • Apply some vegetable oil and scrub with a piece of soft cloth
  • See if the paint is removed after scrubbing for some time. If not then use a nail paint remover
  • Wear gloves and make sure the nail paint remover has acetone
  • Apply the remover on the paint and scrub with a waste piece of cloth. Do this again and again till the paint is gone
  • If the paint still persists, you can use a plastic knife to scrape it
  • Do not use a sharp knife or a shaver that can leave scratch marks

Removing Paint From Stainless Steel Sink

Method 1: Using Home Ingredients

Things you need

  • White vinegar
  • Mild detergent
  • Dishwashing detergent
  • Baking soda
  • A sponge or a paper towel
  • Toothbrush


  • Make a solution of two cups of hot water, 1/2 cup white vinegar, 1 tablespoon mild detergent, a little dishwashing detergent, a pinch of baking soda, and mix all of them well
  • Soak a sponge in the solution, squeeze well and wipe the paint with this soaked sponge
  • Alternatively, you can dip a paper towel on the solution and cover the paint area with a dampened paper towel for a while. It will help loosen the paint and simply come out when you mop
  • Now wash with hot water and check if all the paint is removed. If not then repeat the same
  • You can use a toothbrush to scrub for a better outcome

Method 2: Using Turpentine

Things you need

  • Turpentine
  • A clean soft cloth
  • Mineral spirits


  • Take a clean piece of soft cloth, soak it with turpentine, and scrub the paint gently
  • Continue scrubbing for more than a few minutes until the paint is removed and looks clean
  • Wash with water
  • Do it again if you’re not happy with the result yet
  • After removing the paint you can use mineral spirits for an all-out cleaning

Method 3: Using Lacquer Thinner

Things you need

  • Lacquer thinner
  • A waste piece of cloth
  • Olive oil
  • A piece of soft cloth


  • Take a clean waste piece of cloth, or paper towel and spray some lacquer thinner on it
  • Grease the paint with this soaked paper towel with a gentle hand
  • Along with the paint removal if you want to stop the sink from discoloring, then take some olive oil in a piece of a soft cloth and clean the unnoticeable place

Removing Water-Based Paint From Bathroom Sink

Things you need

  • Kerosene
  • 2 pieces of clean cloth
  • Rubber gloves


  • Wear rubber gloves for protection and open windows to avoid the odor. Check to see the nearest devices are shut off since kerosine can easily catch fire
  • Soak a small piece of cloth into some kerosene or its substitute
  • Begin scrubbing on the paint gently with the soaked cloth and the paint will begin to dissolve with the solution
  • Use another piece of cloth and mop the paint from the sink

Removing Spray Paint From Bathroom Sink

Things you need

  • A piece of microfiber cloth
  • Dishwashing liquid
  • Hot water
  • A piece of dry cloth


  • Gently pour some hot water with a few drops of the dishwashing liquid
  • Start scrubbing with a piece of microfiber cloth until you notice that the spray paint is dissolving
  • After that, clean the surface with a piece of dry cloth to see your outcomes
  • If the paint is old and the dish soap isn’t working, then you can try kerosene

Pro tip: We do not recommend that you use kerosene on other surfaces as the current paint from the surface can be removed by it. While working with chemicals such as kerosene and thinner, you are required to take appropriate safety measures as well. Wear protective hand gloves and make sure you clean all the things after your work.

Quick Tips

  • In case the paint is wet, you will require a shaver or paint scraper to remove it
  • In case the paint is dry, you can use a paint stripper
  • Make sure that you safeguard your hands and eyes when working with any chemicals
  • All the time test a little area first to make sure the stripper or other chemicals won’t damage the finish
  • Follow the guidelines on the chemical product labels cautiously
  • After the paint is removed, you can wash the sink with a mild detergent and water
  • In case any paint marks stay, you can try using a piece of steel wool to remove them
  • Make sure that you wash the sink well after cleaning it to remove any leftovers from the paint stripper or other chemicals

About the author

Callum Strempel

Licensed Plumber

Hi, I’m Callum, a full time plumber with a plumbing license issued by my state. So far, I’ve spent nearly a decade and a half installing and fixing a wide variety of plumbing components and units. My profession inspires me to talk about the kitchen and bathroom (and the plumbing system) so confidently and knowledgeably that I offer my free consultations to help neighbors and fellow homeowners every now and then. As I enjoy installing faucets, sinks, showers, and fixtures, I love to see people enjoying services from those components for years to come. So, I write every week to inform you and others. Will you mind going through some of my articles on this website?

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