How to Remove Wood Oil Finish from Wood Furniture How to Remove Wood Oil Finish from Wood Furniture

What You'll Need
Sandpaper
Steel wool
Rags
Turpentine

Wood oil finish is great as a varnish, but if you are planning to remove it, it can be difficult.

Step 1 – Using Turpentine

With a rag, rub turpentine over the surface of the wood. You want to make sure the floors are completely covered with a cloth in order to protect them from the turpentine spills and drips.

Step 2 – Sanding

You want to sand the wood’s surface with steel wool. Make sure to have plenty of steel wool pads because the oil can ball up inside the steel.

Step 3 – Wiping

Now you can wipe off the wood oil with a clean rag. Keep using a clean rag until the entire surface is wiped down. Repeating sanding with the steel wools and continue to wipe with a rag until all of the oil is removed.

Step 4 – Sanding with Light-Grain Sandpaper

Once the oil is cured, you can sand the wood’s surface with sandpaper.

Step 5 – Wiping

Wipe the entire surface of the wood using a clean rag.

Step 6 – Sanding

You will want to sand down to the wood. Alternate sanding and wiping with a clean rag. Be sure to sand all the way down to the wood to remove all of the oil. 

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