How to Get Paint off Boots

By M.T. Wroblewski

No matter how careful you are, it can be difficult not to spill – or step in – paint as you're working on a project. If you've splattered paint on a favorite pair of rubber or leather boots, don't toss the boots aside because you think they are ruined. After trying a few different paint removal remedies, you should be able to restore your boots to good-as-new condition with a little patience and elbow grease.

Woman wearing high heeled boots
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Time is of the essence when it comes to cleaning spilled paint.

Step 1

Scrape off the dried paint with your fingers or a spoon. If you're nervous about scratching the surface of your boot, use a cotton swab instead.

Step 2

Soak an old rag in warm, sudsy water and dab the paint stain. Repeat this step before moving on to the other methods.

Step 3

Spray the area with hair spray, then blot it with a wet rag.

Step 4

Soak a cotton ball with rubbing alcohol and dab the area, then blot it with a wet rag.

Step 5

Soak a cotton ball with nail polish remover (with acetone being the active ingredient) and blot the stain until it lifts.

Step 6

Rub the splattered paint gently with a piece of fine sandpaper. For better control, wrap a piece of sandpaper around an old toothbrush.

Step 7

Rub the paint stain with steel wool and some matching shoe polish.

Step 8

Run the spot under warm water, then wash it with warm, sudsy water.