Paint Stripping for Wood - Tips to Get the Ultimate Finish
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Paint Stripping for Wood – Tips to Get the Ultimate Finish

Although painting is one of the great ways of protecting wood and keeping it aesthetically pleasing, the paint is no longer pleasant to the eyes after wear and tear. And now it is time for paint striping.

When it comes to stripping, no one is a pro. A single mistake might destroy your finish or otherwise destroy your piece of furniture. Fortunately, we gathered expert tips to guide you in the whole process and leave you with nothing less than an ultimate finish.

Read on to be the next expert paint stripper!

Choosing the Right Stripper

When it comes to choosing the type of stripper to get paint off your pieces of furniture, most stripping products will work fine regardless of the finish.

The market is saturated with stripping products, most of which may leave you regretting the otherwise satisfying paint stripping DIY. To be on the safe side, be sure to consider the speed and safety of the products.

Always keep an eye on the manufacturer’s notes and seek expert guidance when in doubt.

Fix the furniture first

This is always a great starting point when you are thinking of paint stripping for wood. Fixing the furniture involves cleaning and breaking it down into smaller, manageable pieces before starting the stripping process.

You may also need to remove other hardware components like hinges, knobs, pulls, and key-lockers to make the piece of furniture approachable.  If the furniture is damaged, you will need to fix it first before embarking on stripping.


Too much chemical exposure is not good for your piece of furniture. Your health is also put at risk if you operate the stripping chemicals without the required protective gear.

Paint Stripping for Wood - Tips to Get the Ultimate Finish

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Tools of the Trade

You’ll need proper safety gear plus a few other tools to successfully get the paint off your furniture. Depending on the finish you are stripping, you may need a respirator, hand gloves, an apron, gumboots, and splash proof goggles. You will also need scrubbing tools to remove the paint sludge.

If you are using a water-based chemical to strip off paint, use plastic tools to scrub off the sludge since metals are known to stain wood.

Your Workbench

If you are using a chemical paint stripper, choose a well-ventilated location since most chemical strippers are denser than air and will stick on the floor. Also, you want a place that is away from your other working appliances since some of the erupting vapors can corrode metal parts of your house appliances. Click here for more paint stripping operations.

If you are short of a well-ventilated workspace, working from outside is just a great option.

Taking the Paint Off

When stripping off the paint, you will know the topmost layer of paint is ready to be taken out when you see it bubbling. If your wood is covered with plastic, check the corners to confirm the bubbles, which indicate the paint is fully melted and ready to come off.

Please do not leave the wood with the stripper on for long since the sludge might dry and stick on the surface, making it hard to scrub.

Repeat Stripping if Necessary

Depending on the layers of paint on your piece, you might need to apply up to three coats of stripper to get all the paint off.  Don’t expect a clean finish from the strip since different paint strippers have different strengths.

This might also be dependent on the number of paint klayers you are trying o strip

Use Steel Wool for Prevailing Spots

After cleaning the majority parts of the piece, chances are there are some stubborn prevailing spots.

Don’t frown and quit the DIY since pieces of steel wool will get over the spots for that ultimate finish.

After Stripping

You are now done with stripping and are wondering what next. Well, technically, you are done with the work Auckland’s Painters would have done, and it is now time to choose your wood finish.

Whether it is a gorgeous working table or a rigid vintage floor, polish the piece and apply wood oil. Wood oil will not only make the piece look great but also protect it from stains and corrosion.