How to Get Spray Paint off Shoes

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Things You'll Need

  • Cloth

  • Paint thinner

  • Solvent


On sneakers, this system should leave them as good as new. However, with leather shoes the solvent and paint thinner may have a detrimental effect on the material.

Spray paints are either oil or water based and so are easy enough to remove

Whether you are spraying a repair on your car or decorating a wall, there is a possibility of getting paint on your shoes. If you catch it early enough the paint is easy to remove, but if it dries the task becomes more difficult. Spray paint is the same as regular paint in its chemical makeup and can be removed in the same fashion.


Step 1

Wipe the area with a damp cloth as soon as the paint gets on the shoe. When the paint is still wet, it is very simple to remove and will not require any chemicals. Be careful not to rub the paint into the shoe fibers.

Step 2

Apply some paint thinner to a dry cloth and gently rub the affected area. This will soften the paint. Only use a little paint thinner at a time to ensure the chemical does not ruin the shoe.

Step 3

Clean the paint off using a solvent such as turpentine or pure alcohol. Apply some of the solvent to a dry cloth and wipe away the paint. This will be easier if the area has already been treated with paint thinner.



Chris Rowling

Chris Rowling has been a professional writer since 2003. He has written news and features for publications covering insurance, pensions and financial markets as well as articles for local newspapers such as the "Richmond and Twickenham Times" and the "Hounslow Chronicle." Rowling graduated in 2002 from St. Mary University, London, and took a postgraduate degree in journalism.