How to Remove Acrylic Paint from Wood – Using 5 Handy Methods

How To Remove Acrylic Paint From Wood

Do your kids always paint with acrylic paints and make a mess by spilling it all over your furniture? Or perhaps you are a painter but can’t control the spillage?

Do you always wonder how to remove acrylic paint from wood furniture without causing more damage? Regardless of the mess that acrylic paint can cause on wood, I will show you how to get rid of it easily.

Removing paint from wood can be done in several ways, but I will show you 5 simple methods to get it done quickly.

We all love our wooden floors and furniture looking good all the time, and with messed paint, it can ruin the entire look and setup. Let’s get on with it.

Before The Process

Because safety is paramount, it is crucial to begin by taking safety precautions to avoid further damage to the wood as you remove the paint. Start by doing the following:

  • In case you are using any kind of detergent, for example, remove the acrylic paint on wood table, make sure you keep it away from children’s reach.
  • Make sure there is enough ventilation from where you are removing the acrylic paint. For example, keep the windows open before and after you clean the wood.
  • Depending on the acrylic paint remover substance you are going to use, start by testing it on a piece of wood to see if it will leave a stain once it dries.
  • Also, choose the method to use according to the type of wood you are dealing with.

How to Remove Acrylic Paint from Wood – 5 Usefull Handy Methods

The easiest acrylic paint to remove on wood would be the one that is still wet. With this one, all you will need is some water, soap and cleaning cloth.

However, the difficult part comes when the paint dries on the wood. At this point, water will do very little to remove the paint. When it happens, you will need to step up and use other methods I am going to detail below.

Method 1

Using Soap and Water

Use Soap and Water to Remove Acrylic Paint from Wood.jpg

  1. Start by wiping the fresh acrylic paint with a damp cloth from the wood surface.
  2. Mix up some hot water with soap, get a fresh piece of cloth and wet it with the mixture. Also use basic glycerin soap, liquid soap, or even bar soap.
  3. Now use the wet cloth to scrub the area, which had the fresh acrylic paint gently. Keep on scrubbing until you see the paint off.
  4. Next, use a fresh cloth to wipe off any remaining paint residue and soap on the wood surface and dry it off.

Note: The method can only be done when dealing with wet acrylic paint on the wood. If the paint is dry, then you will have to use another method.

Method 2 

Using Alcohol

Using Alcoho to Remove Acrylic Paint from Wood

  1. Here you will need a putty knife to scrape the paint first gently so as not to damage the wood. Try to remove as much paint as possible without putting a lot of pressure that will leave scratches.
  2. Once you are through, get a cloth and apply some alcohol on it. The best to use would be rubbing alcohol, which is easy to get anywhere.
  3. Use the cloth with the rubbing alcohol to scrub the remaining paint off the wood. Remember only to move the cloth along the area with the paint because alcohol tends to damage wood.
  4. Get another cloth and wet it with water to wipe off the alcohol from the spot with paint.
  5. Now wipe the surface dry, and you are all good.

Method 3

Using a Heat Gun

Using a Heat Gun to Remove Acrylic Paint from Wood

  1. For this method, you need first to determine whether the area with the acrylic paint on the wood is large. This is because using a heat gun can only be efficient if you are dealing with removing the paint from large wood surfaces such an entire door or even furniture.
  2. Get your heat gun and read the instructions until you understand them well. A heat gun can produce harmful vapors can be dangerous to you, so safety measures should be taken seriously.
  3. Once you establish all the safety precautions and right heat setting need, its then time to aim the gun at the surface with the acrylic paint. Hold it at a distance of 3 to 4 inches away for a period of 10 to 20 seconds.
  4. Hold the heat gun with one hand, and the other holds a putty knife and start scraping off the paint. With the heat from the gun, the paint should be able to start melting and peeling off the wood surface.
  5. Once you scrape off all the paint, you can then wipe down the surface once the spot is cool. Add some soap or alcohol to remove any remaining paint residue.

Method 4

Using a Solvent

 Using a Solvent to Remove Acrylic Paint from Wood

  1. Another way on how to remove paint from wood is by using a solvent. Go for methylene chloride solvent, which is the most commonly used and the best paint remover for wood deck. This solvent should be handled with care when using it.
  2. Wear safety gloves and eye protection as you use the solvent because it could be dangerous. Make sure you also wear a long-sleeved shirt. You should also have proper ventilation.
  3. Using a paintbrush or a roller, apply the solvent onto the wood area with the acrylic paint. Make sure the solvent sits for about 20 minutes to allow the solvent to work.
  4. The paint will bubble, and when it does, use a plastic scraper to remove the paint. Remember not to apply a lot of force scraping off the paint as it might leave scratches on the wood.
  5. Use the cleansing spirit to clean the area to ensure the wood is neutralized of the solvent.
  6. Wait for about a week and wax the spot to make it look good again.

Method 5

Using Sanding Wood

DEWALT Palm Sander, 1/4 Sheet (DWE6411K)

  1. If the other methods don’t work for you, use steel wool or even sandpaper to scrub off the paint. Use power sanders if the area is big to finish the job quickly. Also, make sure you use fine steel wool and sandpaper to avoid scratching the wood.
  2. Once you scrub off all the paint, use a damp cloth to clean the area. This will wipe off all the sand dust.
  3. Once it’s dry, refinish the spot with the same finish which was used on the wood.
  4. There are plenty of other methods to use when removing acrylic paint from wood. Also lookout for some homemade deck stain removers to help you deal with the paint.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Q: How Do You Get Acrylic Paint Off A Wooden Palette?

A: Start by wiping off any paint with a paper towel or a cloth. Use soap and water in case the paint is still wet and wipe it off with a cloth. If the paint dried, lift it off the palette or soak it in a fabric softener for just 5 minutes and wipe off the paint.

Q: How To Remove Acrylic Paint From Wood Deck

A: Either a putty knife to scrape off the paint and then rub it off using fine sandpaper if the spot is small. Use a wet cloth to clean off any residue. In case the area is big, use a paint stripper and apply it on to the spot using a paintbrush.

Use a high-pressure water hose to spray off the paint, and then use a putty knife to remove the remaining paint. Once you are done let the spot dry, sand it off and then apply a sealer to the wood deck surface.

Q: How To Remove Dried Acrylic Paint From Wood

A: There are many methods to use, such as applying rubbing alcohol, using a heat gun in case the area is big, or even using a chemical paint removal solvent. Any of the methods can help to remove dried acrylic paint from wood.

Q: How To Remove Paint Splatter From Wood Floors

A: Use a putty knife to scrape off as much paint as you can from the wood floor. Once you are done, get a cloth or rag and dip it into a mixture of rubbing alcohol and lemon juice.

Rub the solution to the spot and let it sit for a few minutes. After, get another rag and scrub off the paint from the floor.

Q: How To Remove Paint From Wood Trim

A: It will depend on the paint, which is on the wood trim if it is oil-based paint sand it gently with fine sandpaper. If it is latex paint, use rubbing alcohol to remove the paint.

When you are through with sanding or rubbing with alcohol, use mineral spirit to wipe off the colored spots.  Wipe off the area and apply finish to get a good look.

Q: How To Remove Paint From Wood Furniture

A: Apply denatured alcohol, varnish, or even paint remover to a section on the furniture with paint. Let it sit for a few seconds and then wipe it off using a cloth.

The paint should be able to come off easily without leaving any remains. When you are done in one section, go to the next and repeat the process until you finish the entire wood furniture.

Q: How To Remove Paint From Wood Floors

A: Use rubbing alcohol, stain remover, heat gun, or with a mixture of soap and water if the paint is still wet. Apply the rubbing alcohol to the wood floor section with the paint.

Scrub the cloth with alcohol until you get out all the paint. Dip a clean cloth in water and wipe off the alcohol from the floor and then dry it.

Q: How To Remove Paint From Wood Cabinets

A: Get fine sandpaper to use on your wood cabinet. Rub the sandpaper on the section with paint until you get the paint off the cabinet.

Get a damp cloth and wipe off any residue of sawdust from that section. Once the section is done, apply your cabinet’s finish to the spot to make it look better.

Q: How To Remove Latex Paint From Wood

A: Remove Latex paint by using rubbing alcohol. Put some rubbing alcohol onto a cloth and then rub it on the section with the latex paint. Let the alcohol sit for a few seconds and then wipe it off with a cloth.

This should make the paint come off smoothly. After it’s off, use mineral spirit to wipe the section and then leave the place to dry.

Q: How To Remove Paint From The Wood Deck Without Chemicals

A: Either use a heat gun or sandpaper.  Aim the heat gun to the area with paint on the wood. Heat up the paint until it starts melting off and then use a putty knife to scrape off the paint from the wood.

Wipe that spot using a damp cloth to remove any remaining paint.

Q: How Do I Remove An Acrylic Stain From Wood Without Stripping Or Sanding?

A: Here, use a chemical paint removing solvent. Apply the solvent on the wood section with paint using a roller or a paintbrush.

Let the solvent sit for about 20 minutes until the paint bubbles. Once it bubbles, use a putty knife to scrape off the paint and then wipe it off with a cloth.

Q: Will Acrylic Paint Wash Off Wood In The Rain?

A: Yes, it will. Acrylic paint is water-based, meaning it can easily wash off in rain when it is not properly dry. The only way to avoid this is to varnish the painted area or gloss it up properly.

Final Thoughts

As I wrap up this guide, it is safe to say the methods above are effective and when followed carefully, you will be in position to remove acrylic paint from wood.

Whether it is on your favorite furniture, floors, or even doors, choose the most suitable method depending on the state of the paint and the availability of the items and products needed to remove the paint.

If you have always wondered how to remove acrylic paint from wood, it shouldn’t be a problem anymore.

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