How to Remove Spray Paint From Wood Furniture Without Damaging the Finish

When paint over-spray attaches itself to wood furniture, it can be difficult to remove without damaging the underlying finish you are attempting to save. Harsh chemical cleaners can cause spray paint to bond further, while vigorous abrasion techniques can strip away the finish along with the paint. If you wish to remove spray paint from finished wood furniture, you must use specific techniques that will clean the surface without marring the wood with unsightly scratches and faded spots.


Step 1

Apply four to five drops of olive oil to a dry, clean rag and wipe down the spray paint, lubricating the finished wood to prevent scratches.

Step 2

Cover the spray paint with a cloth rag. Scrape the paint from the finished wood using a plastic putty knife. Keep the rag between the scraper and the paint as a protective buffer to avoid damaging the surface.

Step 3

Wipe away excess olive oil using a dry, clean rag.

Step 4

Dampen the corner of a fresh, clean rag with mineral spirits. Wipe away any remaining spray paint using the rag. Dry the mineral spirits using a fresh, clean rag.