How to Remove Oil-Based Paint From Wood

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Things You'll Need

  • Latex Gloves

  • Protective Eyewear

  • Chemical Paint Stripper

  • Paintbrush

  • Plastic Putty Knife

  • Soft Cloth Towel

Oil-based paint is difficult to remove once it has bonded to a surface. Oil paints tend to stick particularly strong to wood objects and surfaces. Even so, you can remove oil-based paint and bring new life to wood furniture.

Step 1

Put on a pair of latex gloves and protective eyewear to guard your hands and eyes.


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Step 2

Use a paint brush to apply a thick coat of chemical paint stripper to wood coated with oil-based paint. Apply the stripper to wood, painting small portions at a time. Make sure chemical stripper gets into the cracks and crevices of the wood so that all of the paint can be removed. Allow the chemical stripper to remain on the wood according to the time suggested by the product's manufacturer.


Step 3

Scrape off the oil paint, which at this point should be soft and pliable. To scrape off the paint, use a plastic putty knife.You can use a toothpick to remove paint in the cracks and crevices of the wood. Discard the paint in a waste unit designed for paint disposal. If all of the paint was not removed upon the first try, reapply a second coat of chemical paint stripper and repeat this step.


Step 4

Wipe the wood with a damp, soft cloth to remove any excess paint debris and chemical stripper.

Step 5

Apply a wood finisher to the wood.


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