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Name: Charles V. M.
Status: other
Age: 60s
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Date: 2000

How do I remove an old hair spray buildup from a wood door? Thanks.

It all depends on: 1. Is the door painted, finished, stained, or unfinished wood. 2. If it is painted or finished, is it going to be refinished or repainted? If so, just use paint stripper or acetone (caution: both these are flammable).

If you want to leave the finish on the door more or less intact, soapy ammonia water will work with SOME hair sprays, but not others.

Depending on the formulation of the hair spray, "mineral spirits" also may work for some but not others.

There are commercial removers, one is called "GooGone", that works pretty well (that is not a product recommendation).

Consult your our local paint store and/or dry cleaners. They may have products and/or suggestions too.

In any case, try any method on an unobtrusive part of the door.

Vince Calder

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