An unfortunate byproduct of painting is paint-stained clothes. While it is advisable to wear clothes you care nothing about while working with wet paint, you may accidentally stain an item you wanted to remain pristine. While the paint stain may seem like it will be a part of that clothing forever, there are steps to removing the paint so you can continue to wear that item for non-paint-related occasions.
Wipe or scrape (depending on the amount of time the paint has had to dry) as much excess paint as possible from the clothing. The less paint you have to work with, the better. Take care to use a blunt object while scraping, as you do not want to ruin the material.
Soak the clothing in warm water and rub the paint gently to loosen more of the particles and remove as much of the stain as possible before using chemical solutions.
Rub a cleaning solution on the paint stain. This will vary based on the type of paint you are working with (examine the can if you are unsure). Latex paints will come off with rubbing alcohol, while oil-based paints respond to liquid dish detergent. Another alternative is to spray the garment with hair spray, rubbing the stain between applications. If the stain is not coming out, continue to the next step.
Pour a small amount of turpentine on a sponge and gently blot the paint-stained area of the clothing. The paint will harden and peel off. Be careful if you reach this step as turpentine and other paint thinners can potentially take the color out of fabrics. Test the turpentine on an inner portion of the garment that does not show, before attempting to use it on the outside.
Mix 1 tsp. of detergent in 1 cup of warm water. Use a cloth or clean sponge dipped in this mixture to remove the oily residue from the turpentine.
Wash the garment in the washing machine. Use the setting recommended on the tag, but make sure to use cold water. Even if the recommendation is for warm, you can't go wrong with cold as it will not damage or shrink the garment.
Dry the garment either by placing it in the dryer on the "Low" setting or, even better, hanging it on a clothesline to let it dry in the sun.