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Removing Acrylic Paint From Clothing

Once this paint has dried it can be nearly impossible to remove from many fabrics. This is a guide about removing acrylic paint from clothing.


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April 23, 2011

How do I take off craft paint on clothes?

By Irene from Highland, CA

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April 25, 20110 found this helpful
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Acrylic craft paint is impossible to remove, in my experience. I am an artist, and use acrylic paints. I have a paint shirt that has numerous splotches on it; it has been laundered many many times, and the paint stays there. Sorry.

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April 25, 20111 found this helpful
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Once acrylic paint gets on fabric, you can't get it off. It's permanant. Works better than dye if you want to color a shirt or something. It can actually make fabric last longer, takes less time to wear out.

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April 30, 20110 found this helpful
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We had an small business of t-shirt printing before. Based in my experience there is no remedy for removing craft acrylic paint for clothes specially for those nylon and cotton clothes.

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December 28, 2015

So I had this shirt with acrylic paint all over it and I washed and dried it. The problem is that I washed it with other clothes and now some of the other shirts have paint stains on them, it looks like dye stains. The problem is that none of those shirts are mine and I am freaking out!

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December 30, 20151 found this helpful

I paint with acrylic paint all the time, and I have never had the paint transfer. Was the paint wet? However, I've never been able to remove the paint either. Once it is one your clothes, and dry, you are stuck with it. I have heard, although never tried it, that Amaze (powdered stain remover) will remove it. Friends said they used it to get paint off of a car seat. Couldn't hurt to try. Best of luck.

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November 6, 20140 found this helpful

So, I accidentally washed and dried my grey skinny jeans with acrylic paint on them and didn't realize it was on till after. How do I get it off?

By Leo C.

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January 4, 20150 found this helpful

Soak the spots in rubbing alcohol until it softens then wash spot by hand until clean. I used rubbing alcohol to strip the paint off a night stand so be careful around other painted surfaces.

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August 22, 2015

How do I get bright neon orange acrylic paint out of white material?

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February 4, 2011

How do I get dried acrylic paint off of shoelaces?

By Pamela from Villa Park, IL

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February 5, 20110 found this helpful

I suggest you try a solvent, such as alcohol or methylated spirits. Then rub the affected area quite hard.

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February 26, 20170 found this helpful

Buy new laces

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August 18, 20060 found this helpful

My painters had to come and redo all my trim after we moved in. The trim is white high gloss acrylic. I just got out my new red ballroom gown for a big event and found it has paint dots on an area approx. 4x6 right in the front! It's 100% Polyester that is iridescent red with bead and sequin work. Tag says "Do not wash, do not dry clean. Only professional spot clean". Not even sure where to take it. There is an area in the front of the dress (a 4x6 area) with about 10 small paint dots and one larger paint dot. All extremely noticeable on red. Any suggestions? My biggest concern is the colorfastness of the material. Help! This was an extremely expensive ball gown that still has the tags on it! Looking to wear it on 8/27/06. Any help would be greatly appreciated!


TLS from Pasadena, CA

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August 19, 20060 found this helpful

I would take a red permanent marker and color the white dots in...or see if it will peel off...let me know how it goes good luck gail2656 AT

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August 19, 20060 found this helpful

This is a tough one. You could try goof off or another solvent on a Q-tip (check the ingredients on the bottle) and see if it takes out the paint. Because it is a very expensive gown, it might be best to take it to the best dry cleaner in town and ask them what they recommend. Anything with acetone should be avoided on a polyester material. Let us know how this turns out.

Susan from ThriftyFun

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August 20, 20060 found this helpful

First thing is to contact the painting contractor owner and complain. Show him the spots, the price tag, and let him know that you are concerned. A good painter, always puts down drop clothes to protect everything and obviously, this was not done. As for the paint coming out, it might be better if you make the contractor buy you a new gown.

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June 27, 20130 found this helpful

How do I get dried up black acrylic paint off of polyester gym shorts?

By Scott P.

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March 24, 2008

How do I get acrylic paint off of a ski jacket?

Laurie from Ironwood, Michigan

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March 24, 20080 found this helpful

I have had very good luck on alot of surfaces and fabrics with Awesome, which I buy at our local dollar store. Try it on an area which is not seen first.

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April 23, 20110 found this helpful

Does anyone know how to remove black art paint from my child's white poly cotton sports shirt?

By Sue from Perth, Australia

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March 7, 20110 found this helpful

My husband did a load of my girls good school clothing. I now have a very expensive mess! Any ideas to save this much clothing without taking a week off work? Thanks for your help.

Margie from Illinois


Removing Acrylic Craft Paint From Clothing

Tips & Warning:

Dried acrylic paint will not come out of fabric.

Marge from NY



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February 4, 20110 found this helpful

How can I remove paint from 100% cotton clothing. I think it is an acrylic paint.

By Netta from Covington, LA


Acrylic Paint on Clothing

Try nail polish remover first and if that doesn't work try acetone. (07/31/2010)

By Hotdomo

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July 17, 20100 found this helpful

I have a dried red stain from acrylic paint in my jeans, how can I remove it?

By Julia from USA


Acrylic Paint on Clothing

Try fingernail polish remover. The kind "not" made for artificial nails is stronger. Sometimes rubbing alcohol works, but try the fingernail polish remover. Just dab some on with a cotton ball, wait about 5 min, then keep dabbing with a paper towel. You might also try an old toothbrush to get into the nap. Afterwards, pour on some liquid laundry soap then wash in the machine in warm or cold water. (not hot!) You may have to repeat this 2 or 3 times. Do not put any stain in the dryer or iron. The heat will "set" the stain!

If this doesn't work, try the other type of fingernail polish remover (made for artificial nails) or, they also make a paint remover for clothes. It's sold in craft stores, fabric stores, and some home stores (like Home Depot). (01/18/2010)

By Cyinda

Acrylic Paint on Clothing

I have had success with hand sanitizer and dried in paint. I had it handy and it worked. Took some rubbing. It also cleans paint from paint brushes. Good luck. (01/20/2010)

By flying-brush

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January 18, 20100 found this helpful

How do you get acrylic paint off of clothes?

By vanordem

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July 29, 20090 found this helpful

My blue colored shirt has got a few deep white spots of acrylic paint. Please help with suggestions on how to remove these stains.


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March 24, 20090 found this helpful

How do I get red acrylic paint out of my white nylon jacket, blue jeans, brown pants and brown vest?

Autym from Ear Falls, ON


Acrylic Paint on Clothing

I was almost going to cry after my daughter got acrylic paint on her new coat. I used the 'goof-off' that someone recommended and out it came! I sprayed it on and scrubbed it with a toothbrush and it all came off.

By Laurie

Acrylic Paint on Clothing

I just got yellow acrylic paint on my jeans. I used Windex and scrubbed, and the paint came out with so little left that you could barely see it. (02/25/2008)

By Jackie

Acrylic Paint on Clothing

My college freshman got artist grade yellow acrylic paint on a North face jacket. And not just a little, it was caked in areas. I soaked the areas that had the paint on it in Pine-Sol (because that was what I had) and let it sit for about 10 minutes. Then with a kitchen knife I started scraping and scrubbing the area. It takes some time and patience but it worked!
I was so thankful. (04/03/2008)

By Dena

Acrylic Paint on Clothing

As a student artist, it's almost impossible for paint to not get on your clothes. My suggestion is just using soap water and a cloth. This works for both wet paint and dried paint. It's not recommended if the garment has been sent through the washer and dryer though. (06/10/2008)

By Kayla

Acrylic Paint on Clothing

I used to do a lot of painting with acrylic paints. I left my shirts on the washing line through the rain and then let it dry in the sunshine, it was out there for a couple of days and sure enough it came out. So, if you still haven't found the answer you could try mother nature. Plus, she doesn't cost a penny! (07/16/2008)

By a good source

Acrylic Paint on Clothing

The Windex did not work but maybe because I had a generic version. The Pine Sol did it, I had almost instant results. I have my favorite pants back!

By Tracy

Acrylic Paint on Clothing

Thank you, thank you, thank you the pine sol worked great and you saved an expensive suit!

By anne

Acrylic Paint on Clothing

Thanks everyone! You've given me hope and a lot of suggestions to try. Every other website said "forget it" and recommended buying new clothes. Will report back on which method worked for me. (10/27/2008)

By Laura

Acrylic Paint on Clothing

THANK YOU! My 2 y.o. daughter got into one of her sister's art kits with acrylic paint and smeared it all over her cream colored 100% cotton sweater dress and leggings. It was dried on, but I had a little lemon pine sol left in the bottle so I poured a little directly on each stain and rubbed the material together and it all came out! I ran out for the pants, so I sprayed some simple green on them and that worked too. (01/11/2009)

By 4girlsareplenty

Acrylic Paint on Clothing

I just tried Windex on my 10 yr old's turquoise tank top and the yellow paint is virtually gone! THANK YOU Jackie! (02/02/2009)

By E Ronakov

Acrylic Paint on Clothing

Wow! Thanks for the Pine sol tip. I was very skeptical that this would work as my daughter's shirt had already been through the wash, but I figured I had nothing to lose. It took a little elbow grease and an old toothbrush, but I was able to scrub out pink acrylic paint on my daughter's pale blue knit top. It even got most of the stain off a ribbon that's tied at the neck of the top. Amazing! (02/17/2009)

By Diana

Acrylic Paint on Clothing

Just removed acrylic paint from jeans including sewed portions with Pine sol (original with 15% pine oil) following recommendations on this site. I used a hard tooth brush and the color has not run. Great result! Thanks all for posting useful tips. (03/01/2009)

By Charles

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October 15, 20070 found this helpful
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