Removing Dried Paint From Clothing

Whether you're painting a room in your home, a building or other outdoor project, or are painting artistically on canvas, there is always a chance that paint can get on your clothes. Though old clothes are best to wear when painting, you can still use items from around your home to remove the stains from oil, latex and acrylic paint.

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Paint thinner can be used to soften old stains.

Acrylic/Latex Paint

Step 1

Scrape off as much of the paint as possible with a knife.

Step 2

Run the stain under warm water. Work the underside of the fabric to try to rub the stain out.

Step 3

Make a solution of one part warm water with one part liquid dish detergent. Apply the solution to the stain with a sponge and work the fabric.

Step 4

Rinse the stain thoroughly. Repeat steps 1 through 3 until the stain has been completely removed.

Oil Paint

Step 5

Scrape off excess paint with a knife if applicable.

Step 6

Blot the paint with a clean white cloth. Rinse the fabric but do not allow it to dry.

Step 7

Place the stained part of the clothing on a stack of white paper towels or white cloths. Blot the stain with turpentine and tamp the stain to break up as much of the paint as possible. Repeat steps until all paint has been removed, replacing the towels/cloths as needed.

Step 8

Soak the stain in liquid dish detergent overnight. Rinse well the following morning.

Step 9

Wash the item in the washer as usual and allow to dry. If the stain is still there, use a pre-wash stain remover and wash the clothing in the washer again.