Painting over wood may not be as difficult as removing it. Nowadays, wood-stain is used over wooden furniture and wooden home accessories. To switch a water-based painted furniture item with stained wood coating, there are different methods to work around it. Follow any one of these methods below to learn how to remove water-based paint from stained wood:


Method 1:

Things you will need

  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Lemon juice
  • Dry cloth
  • Nylon brush or toothbrush
  • Scrape tool




How to Remove Water-Based Paint

  1. With a scrape tool or knife, remove the paint from the wood as much as you can.


  1. Mix 1/4 cup of the lemon juice with 3/4 cup of the rubbing alcohol.


  1. Pour the mixture on a cloth and rub over the paint to get rid of it from the wood.



Method 2:

Things you will need

  • Soft, clean rag soaked in water
  • Dry, clean rag
  • Denatured alcohol
  • Mineral spirits (odorless)
  • Boiled linseed oil
  • Rottenstone
  • Putty knife
  • Wood stick
  • Disposable dish



  1. First, you will try to remove the water-based paint from the wood with water. Use a soft and clean rag that has been soaked in warm water.


  1. Wring the rag out to remove excess water, and wipe the spot of paint with the rag.


  1. Use a dry and clean rag now to dry the spot.


  1. If the paint still remains on the wood, use denatured alcohol to remove it. Apply some of the alcohol over the clean rag.


  1. Now rub the dampened rage with denatured alcohol over the paint. Rinse, blot, and repeat the same step with the rag.


  1. Use the dry and clean rag to dry the spot.


  1. You can also try removing the stubborn paint with mineral spirits. Dip the clean rag in mineral spirit, and don’t let the rag soak with it.


  1. Wipe over the paint, and then rinse and reapply the mineral spirits to the rag, and repeat the same process.


  1. Now dry the area with a separate dry rag.


  1. Dried and stubborn paint is best removed with boiled linseed oil. This is because the linseed oil will soften the paint park and remove it for good. Soak a clean rag in boiled linseed oil.


  1. Then, press the rag over the paint spot and hold it there for at least a full minute. This will let the oil soak into the paint mark.


  1. Wipe the loosened paint with the same rag.


  1. Dry the spot with a separate clean rag.


  1. If the paint stain clings, use a putty knife over it to remove it.


  1. If dried paint residue remains, remove it with a paste made from boiled linseed oil and rottenstone. Combine the boiled linseed oil and rottenstone in a disposable dish to form a paste.


  1. With a wooden chopstick, stir the ingredients, and apply it on the wood with a clean rag.


  1. Wipe off the paint with a clean rag.


Method 3:

Things you will need

  • Safety goggles
  • Face mask
  • Hand gloves
  • Sandpaper
  • Sander machine (mechanical sander or a power sander)



  1. This method works best for larger areas of wood painted with water-based paint. Put on the protective gear, which includes the face mask, goggles, and gloves. This will protect you from the paint and wood dust when you sand the painted wood surface.


  1. Sand the painted wood surface with sandpaper first to remove as much paint as possible. The mechanical sander may damage the wood so use the sandpaper as much to get rid of the paint. Sand with the wood’s grain instead of the wood next to it.


  1. Now, you can use a mechanical sander or a power sander to remove the remaining paint. Sand with the grain of the wood, so that the wood is not damaged much.


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