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How to Remove Paint From Teak Wood

Paint splatters are a common problem when painting items. If paint lands on your teak wood, wipe it away as quickly as possible with a damp cloth. Removing wet paint is much easier than trying to remove dried paint from teak wood. Several home remedies can successfully remove dried paint from your teak wood. If the first paint-removal method you choose does not remove all traces of the paint, try another method.

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  1. Apply rubbing alcohol to a soft, clean cloth. Rub the paint with the cloth until it is no longer visible on the teak wood. If the stain persists, continue to Step 2.

  2. Pour nail polish remover that contains acetone into a small dish. Saturate the corner of a clean cloth into the nail polish remover. Scrub the paint stain with the cloth until the paint has been removed from the teak wood. If the paint is still visible, continue to Step 3.

  3. Create a solution of 1 gallon of hot water with ¼ cup of a mild detergent. Saturate a cloth in the solution and lay it flat on top of the paint. Allow the rag to sit on the wood for several seconds to soften the paint. Submerge a sponge in the solution, and scrub the teak wood with the paint until you have removed all traces of the paint. If the stain is still present, continue to Step 4.

  4. Purchase a chemical paint remover. Follow all directions and warnings for your specific brand of paint remover. Typically, paint remover is brushed onto the paint stain and allowed to sit for a predetermined amount of time. After the allotted time, scrape the paint off the teak wood with a paint scraper.

  5. Tip

    Paint remover and nail polish remover containing acetone will damage the teak wood finish. In order to restore the teak wood, you will need to refinish the item.

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Things You'll Need

  • Rubbing alcohol
  • 3 soft cloths
  • Nail polish remover (with acetone)
  • Small dish
  • Hot water
  • Mild detergent
  • Sponge
  • Chemical paint remover
  • Paintbrush
  • Paint scraper

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.

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