How to Remove Spray Paint From Wood

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Things You'll Need

  • Acetone solvent

  • Rags

Spray paint can be easily removed from wood.
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There are a few different scenarios that might require you to remove spray paint from wood. You may have spray painted a wood object in your home, such as a chair or wall, and would now like to get it back to its natural wood finish. You might have also accidentally gotten some spray paint on a wooden surface. Graffiti is often done in spray paint, and if there is graffiti on your wood fence or shed, you probably want to remove it as soon as possible.


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Step 1

Pour a generous amount of acetone solvent onto a rag. This type of solvent can remove dried spray paint.

Step 2

Apply the acetone solvent directly to the wood surface. Again, add plenty of it.


Step 3

Allow the solvent to sit on the wood surface for several minutes. This allows it to penetrate the wood and will be more effective at removing the spray paint.

Step 4

Add more acetone solvent to a new rag and start scrubbing away the spray paint. Continue using new rags as one gets covered in the paint. Eventually, you should reach the bare wood.

Step 5

Rinse the wood surface with water to remove leftover paint remnants and solvent.