How to Get Dried Paint Out of Pants or Shorts

Painting can be a messy job. It is not uncommon to accidentally splatter paint on your clothing during the painting process. If paint comes in contact with clothing, remove it as soon as possible. Once the paint has dried on clothing, it is difficult to remove. However, you may be able to salvage your garments with the aid of a few household items.

Paint can easily splatter and cause a mess.

Step 1

Scrape off the dried paint using your finger nail or a plastic paint scraper.

Step 2

Hold the garment under running water. Flush the area behind the stain with the running water.

Step 3

Apply a dry cleaning solvent to a cloth. Rub the paint stain with the saturated cloth.

Step 4

Combine one part mild dishwashing liquid with one part warm water. Saturate a sponge with the mixture. Dab the stain vigorously with the saturated sponge.

Step 5

Rinse the garment in cool water.

Step 6

Repeat the process until the paint as been removed.

Step 7

Alternatively, add rubbing alcohol to a cloth and rub the paint with the cloth until the paint is gone.