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Question DetailsAsked on 9/23/2011

How do I get dried hairspray off my bathroom walls?

I want to re-paint my bathroom walls but they have several years worth of hairspray on them. I've tried washing them with soap and water but it didn't work. It's like glue! How can I clean these walls up so I can paint them?

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Hair spray is one of those things that is really bothersome. We've run into this alot unfortunately. And NOTHING we've found will actually clean it off. The problem is that if you just paint over it, you still see shiny spots wherever the hairspray was.

Our companie's policy is to prime the area with any bonding primer. This will seal the hairspray in and not let it affect the next coat of paint. It would also be a good idea to lightly sand the area first.

Our recommendation for primer would be Zinsser's BIN Spray (red can) and can be bought at most paint stores or home improvement stores. Other than that, any thing that specifically says "bonding" for a primer should be adequate enough.

Answered 9 years ago by jondecpainting


Before you sand and run the risk of making a mess, try KrudKutter. A spray cleaner that can be purcjased at Home Depot or other mass-merchandisers. After that, try sanding, priming and repainting.

Answered 8 years ago by wirtzswoodworks


I have had good luck with Windex, even with old, built up hairspray.

Answered 5 years ago by Vizslagal


Whatever you do, with ANY stain or mark, if you have LATEX paint DO NOT USE ALCOHOL!!! The paint will melt and pull away like a rubber mask! Nasty.

Source: Unfortunate prior experience

Answered 2 years ago by Guest9834843


Ammonia will cut right through it! Walls, counter, floors, etc. Give a try you' be pleasantly surprised.

Answered 2 years ago by Bjf

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