Recipe for Homemade Paint Remover

I just found an old claw foot table and chairs that was painted with flat interior paint and want to revamp it to its original glory. So I need a receipt for paint remover please.


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September 10, 20180 found this helpful

This website has a washing soda and flour version as well as others.

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September 10, 20180 found this helpful

In July I stripped, sanded and refinished a small birch drop-leaf table.

Wearing gloves, I applied slightly heated pickling vinegar with a stiff bristled brush to one section at a time, let sit for about 15 minutes, then scraped off the softened paint with a scraper.

There were several coats of paint on the table and the vinegar only penetrated one layer at a time, so several reapplications were needed. It was a time intensive endeavor.

But, the job got done and I'm pleased that I didn't use a commercial non eco friendly stripper. And, I saved a few dollars.

Note: Straight vinegar does have a strong smell, especially when it's heated. I worked with it outside of the house, heating it in an old pot on the side burner of my bbq.

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September 11, 20180 found this helpful

Mina - all that work and no posting for us to see???
At least you can show us the finished item?


I would love to see it and I have never heard of using vinegar to remove paint - I love to use vinegar so this really is a keeper for me.

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September 11, 20180 found this helpful

Why yes, certainly I'll send a photo when I've got the camera fully charged again. It's on the dock now. I haven't used it for a few years.

The table turned out very nicely and is in full use in my kitchen now. I love it. I'd previously used it in the utility room for folding clothes and laying out my ironed things (yeah, I still do that and even like doing it). It was pretty tired looking and it happened that I wanted a smaller kitchen table, so I re-purposed this table and I'm glad that I did. It has the retro look that I favor and it's practical for my everyday needs.

With the use of vinegar and steel wool, lots of steel wool in varying grades, I utilized old fashioned hand labor to get the result I wanted. I chose not to use an electric sander. And the pickling vinegar helped me. I'll use it again when the need arises.

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September 11, 20180 found this helpful

It is really nice when someone asks a question and all the answers make so much sense that other people can benefit and learn what/how to do something and also what not to do.


  • I have never tackled a large job like you are doing but I did strip a door and I believe it had flat paint (which I know can sometimes require different methods than latex).
  • I used a similar method that is described in the link Judy posted (great link!).
  • "Pour 2 cups room temperature water into a dish and add 1 cup borax, 1 cup ammonia and 1 cup washing soda. (I usually have all of these products on hand.)
  • Mix thoroughly until you have a consistent creamy paste, then brush over the paint with this mixture. Let penetrate for 15 to 20 minutes, then rinse off with warm water while scrubbing with steel wool (not steel wool scrubbing pads).
  • This works well to remove all paint types, including paint that is many years old."
  • Sounds like you may need some old toothbrushes with your claw feet.
  • If I find something to refinish in the future, I will surely try Mina's method as it seems the easiest/best non-chemical process that I have heard/read.
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September 11, 20180 found this helpful

I sent a reply to you following your first comment.

Also, I happened across an old query of yours regarding rosacea and gave answer. Take a look and let me know what you think.

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September 11, 20180 found this helpful

Please be careful with homemade removers. Chemistry can be wonky and any mixup or miss-measuring could result in a dangerous situation.


There are a whole new generation of safer store bought products. This site lists them:

The soy help versions are nice.

Always use any products in a well ventilated space!

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