How to Remove Paint From Pine

Updated February 21, 2017

Removing paint form pine takes a delicate touch because of the soft wood. Paint scrapers should be used gingerly, since they can carve out hunks of pine along with the paint, creating a worse problem. By following these steps and using paint stripper, you can remove the old paint off pine for a beautiful surface ready for refinishing.

Work in a well-ventilated area, preferably outdoors on a nice sunny day, to avoid inhaling the noxious fumes of the chemicals you'll be using to remove the paint.

Use coarse sandpaper to remove as much of the old, loose paint as possible. The goal is to remove chipping and peeling paint that would be too risky to remove from pine with a flat-edge scraper.

Apply paint stripper in even strokes across the painted pine, moving in the same direction to avoid smearing the dissolving paint.

Wipe off the dissolved paint with old rags, moving the rags in the same direction.

Allow the wood to rest for 24 hours.

Apply paint thinner to the pine surfaces to remove any remaining traces of paint.

Rub down the pine to wipe way the paint thinner and any remaining paint colour.

Use fine-grit sandpaper to smooth out the pine.

Wipe down the stripped pine with clean rags to remove any wood dust from the sandpaper.


Wear safety goggles and a face mask when working around old paint and paint stripping chemicals.

Things You'll Need

  • Coarse and fine grit sandpaper
  • Paint stripper
  • Old paintbrushes
  • Paint thinner
  • Clean rags
  • Safety goggles
  • Face mask
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About the Author

James Clark began his career in 1985. He has written about electronics, appliance repair and outdoor topics for a variety of publications and websites. He has more than four years of experience in appliance and electrical repairs. Clark holds a bachelor's degree in political science.