How to Remove Nail Polish From Plastic

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Things You'll Need

  • Paper towels

  • Latex gloves

  • Plastic putty knife

  • Amyl acetate

  • 2 pots or buckets

  • 2 soft, non-abrasive cloth or rag

  • Dishwashing soap

  • Warm water


Amyl acetate is available at chemical supply stores as well as online. Certain brands of nail polish remover also contains amyl acetate.

Use amyl acetate to remove spilled nail polish from plastic surfaces.

Nail polish and other paint spills are difficult to remove from most surfaces including linoleum, Plexiglass and plastic surfaces. Nail polish dries quickly and spreads fast. When removing nail polish from plastic surfaces, you want to remove the polish and not the plastic's color or damage the plastic's surface underneath the polish. Once the nail polish is off your plastic surface, clean the surface with an non-abrasive solution to remove any polish residue as well as any dirt.


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Step 1

Wipe the spill up immediately with paper towels. Wear latex gloves to keep your hands clean.

If the nail polish has dried on the surface, scrape the dried polish gently with a plastic putty knife.

Step 2

Pour 1 cup of amyl acetate in a pot or bucket. Dip a soft, non-abrasive cloth or rag in the pot or bucket. Wring out excess.

Step 3

Wipe the plastic surface with the amyl acetate-soaked cloth or rag.


Step 4

Mix 1 tbsp. of dishwashing soap and 2 cups of warm water in a pot or bucket. Stir the mixture with a clean, soft cloth or rag. Wring out excess.

Step 5

Wipe the plastic surface clean with the soap mixture-soaked cloth or rag.

Dry the plastic surface with a paper towel.


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Nick Davis

Nick Davis is a freelance writer specializing in technical, travel and entertainment articles. He holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Memphis and an associate degree in computer information systems from the State Technical Institute at Memphis. His work has appeared in "Elite Memphis" and "The Daily Helmsman" in Memphis, Tenn. He is currently living in Albuquerque, N.M.