How to Remove Paint Specks on Wood Furniture

Paint specks are a common occurrence when painting an area. If you are not extremely careful, you can easily splatter paint onto unwanted areas such as wood furniture. Paint specks should be removed as soon as possible by wiping with a damp cloth. Once the paint specks have dried, removal becomes more difficult but not impossible. There are several methods that will remove the paint specks from wood furniture.

Rub the paint specks with a cloth saturated with hot water. The water should be as hot as you can handle. Rub the specks off the wood furniture with the saturated cloth in a circular motion until the paint is no longer visible. If the hot water does not remove the paint specks, continue to Step 2.

Mix 1 gallon of water with 1/3 cup of TSP. TSP--trisodium phosphate--is a heavy-duty cleaner that is available at home improvement stores. Saturate a clean cloth in the mixture and scrub the paint specks off the wood furniture. Continue to Step 3 if the paint specks are still visible.

Apply turpentine to a clean cloth and rub the paint specks. Turpentine should be used in a well-ventilated area away from open flames or sparks. Turpentine may remove the wood furniture's finish and stain so use caution when working with turpentine. Wipe the wood furniture clean with a damp, soapy cloth.


Purchase a product that is specifically designed to remove paint splatters. Follow all directions and warnings printed on the label.

Things You'll Need

  • Cloths
  • TSP (trisodium phosphate)
  • Turpentine
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About the Author

Amanda Flanigan began writing professionally in 2007. Flanigan has written for various publications, including WV Living and American Craft Council, and has published several eBooks on craft and garden-related subjects. Flanigan completed two writing courses at Pierpont Community and Technical College.