How to Remove Latex Paint from Marble

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Marble countertops in bathrooms and marble flooring are beautiful, timeless additions to any décor. Since marble is a very porous stone, stains can occur quickly. Never use harsh chemicals on a porous stone surface. Something as common as soda pop can acid etch the surface and cause extensive damage that is expensive to fix or replace. Latex paint is removable using a water-based stripping agent. Almost any homeowner is capable of bringing back the marble luster without backbreaking work or stifling fumes.

Things You'll Need

  • Water-based stripping compound
  • Paintbrush or sponge
  • Scratch-free scrub sponge
  • Sponge
  • Isopropyl alcohol
  • Marble polishing compound
  • Soft towel
  • Lightly coat the marble surface that has latex paint on it with water-based stripping compound. Use a small paintbrush or sponge for application. There are many brands available at home improvement centers. Check the label instructions before purchase to know if it is safe for marble surfaces.

  • Scrub the surface with a scratch-free scrub sponge. Rinse with warm water and a sponge. Allow the surface an hour to dry.

  • Rub any areas that have remaining paint film with a rag dipped in isopropyl alcohol. Make sure to remove all of the paint before continuing. Apply a second round of the stripping agent if there is any latex paint still visible. Rinse and wipe the surface again with alcohol. Let the marble completely dry for a 24-hour period.

  • Spray the surface with a marble polishing product. Let the polish dry to an opaque film. Buff the surface to a high shine with a soft towel.

Tips & Warnings

  • Maintain a quality sealant on all marble surfaces for maximum damage protection.
  • Clean up spills quickly to avoid permanent stains.
  • Do not use harsh or abrasive chemicals on marble surfaces. Find out more about marble at servicemagic.com. (See Resource.)
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