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