how to get paint off wood coffee table

Removing Paint From a Wood Coffee table

Sometimes it is necessary to remove paint from a wood coffee table. Whether you are trying to restore an antique piece or simply want to change the look of a newer piece, here are some helpful tips on how to do it:

Things You Will Need

  • A scraper or putty knife
  • Drop cloth
  • Rubber gloves
  • Chemical stripper
  • Steel wool
  • Mineral spirits
  • Sandpaper


  1. Wear rubber gloves, safety glasses and clothing you don’t care about. Place a drop cloth on the floor beneath your work area.
  2. Score the paint with a putty knife or scraper.
  3. Apply the chemical stripper to the coffee table with a brush. Follow all the manufacturer’s instructions, especially those relating to safety.
  4. Allow the stripper to sit on the paint for the recommended time in the manufacturer’s instructions.
  5. Scrub the paint away with steel wool.
  6. Clean the area with mineral spirits and a clean cloth, scrubbing lightly to remove stubborn areas.
  7. Repeat steps 2-6, if necessary.
  8. Wipe away any excess stripper with a clean cloth.
  9. Sand the wood with medium-grade or fine-grade sandpaper. Start in the direction of the wood grain.
  10. Wipe the area clean one last time with mineral spirits.

Removing paint from a wood coffee table can be a messy project, but it can be done. Following the steps outlined above should help you get the job done quickly and easily.

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