How to Remove Krylon Paint

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Things You'll Need

  • Water

  • Soap or trisodium phosphate

  • Scrub brush

  • Lacquer thinner

  • Paintbrush

  • Scraper


Follow all specific product instructions on your chose lacquer thinner product, as working and drying times can vary by product.


Work in a well-ventilated area if using chemicals such as trisodium phosphate or lacquer thinner to avoid potentially toxic fumes.

Krylon spray paint first went into production in 1947, using an aerosol system that helped painters save the time usually spent on brushing and rolling. Today Krylon produces a number of surface-specific paint products, including spray paint for plastics, glass, acrylic and other surfaces. Krylon spray paint can be used on surfaces from toy models to kitchen counters, depending on the type of paint you choose. Removing Krylon paint, whether to redo a project or because of a spill or overspray, also depends on the product; some are water soluble, while others will require lacquer thinner to dissolve.


Step 1

Mix hot water and dish soap until the cleaning solution forms suds. For solid surfaces such as stone or brick, you can mix two cups of trisodium phosphate cleaner into one gallon of hot water for a stronger cleaner solution.

Step 2

Soak the bristles of scrub brush in the cleaning solution and apply to the Krylon paint. Some Krylon products are water soluble, and will dissolve under the cleaning. Scrub until all paint has been removed.

Step 3

Rinse the surface in clean warm water to remove residual cleaner. If the paint remains on the surface, the Krylon is not water soluble.


Step 4

Apply a thin layer of lacquer thinner onto the Krylon paint. Use a paintbrush to cover the painted area with thinner. Allow the thinner to work on the paint for five minutes (unless otherwise instructed by your specific product) and then remove the loosened paint with a plastic scraper or scrub brush. Reapply thinner as necessary until all paint is removed.

Step 5

Rinse the surface with clean warm water to remove residual thinner.



Samantha Volz

Samantha Volz has been involved in journalistic and informative writing for over eight years. She holds a bachelor's degree in English literature from Lycoming College, Williamsport, Pennsylvania, with a minor in European history. In college she was editor-in-chief of the student newspaper and completed a professional internship with the "Williamsport Sun-Gazette," serving as a full-time reporter. She resides in Horsham, Pennsylvania.