How to Remove Paint from a Wooden Chair

Removing paint from a wooden chair is a simple project, but it does require some patience. Follow these directions for success.


  • Steel wool- both 00 and 000
  • Heavy-bodied paint stripper
  • Flathead screwdriver
  • Mineral spirits
  • Heavy rubber gloves


Step 1- Apply Paint Stripper

Take an old paint brush or a rag and apply the stripper generously, paying particular attention to corners and crevices. Follow the directions of the stripper. If the directions indicate that you should let the stripper sit for 30 minutes, then make sure that you do so. If you remove the stripper before the time directed, you are just making more work for yourself.

Step 2- Remove Stripper

Put on the rubber gloves, and with the 00 steel wool, remove the stripper. Rub the steel wool gently on the surface of the wood to soak up the old paint and stripper. For details and crevices, take a screwdriver and gently use it to remove the old paint. Be sure not to get any of the stripper on your skin or clothes because some products are capable of agitating skin.

Step 3- Neutralize Stripper

If the directions call for it, take the 000 steel wool and coat the wood with mineral spirits to neutralize the paint stripper. Some light sanding may be required for some areas, but at this point, you should have a raw wooden chair.