How to Remove Oil Based Paint From Clothing

Cleaning oil-based paints from clothing is one of the first things painting instructors teach. Most of the time when you spill oil-based paints on your clothing, it will be stuck there forever, but if you catch it soon enough, these tips may work like a charm to remove the paint and keep your clothes from the rag pile.

Besides mineral spirits, cleaning oil-based paint stains immediately is key.

Step 1

Apply a couple drops of liquid dish soap onto the paint stain. Let it sit for a few minutes and then scrub it with your fingernail or toothbrush. Rinse the piece of clothing and examine the results. Repeat if necessary.

Step 2

Scrub hand sanitizer into the area if the dish soap fails to remove the stain.

Step 3

Pour rubbing alcohol or nail polish over the stain, if neither of the soap methods work to remove the stain. Scrub with a toothbrush and rinse off the solution.

Step 4

Mix a solution of hand sanitizer and rubbing alcohol. Massage the mixture into the paint spot and then scrape over the paint spot off with a butter knife.

Step 5

Run the clothing through the washing machine.