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On one school, dress my daughter has a large paint stain (I believe the paint to be acrylic) from art, on another, she has made many (but smaller) more. Both have been washed and dried. They are 65% polyester and 35% cotton. Your help is urgently needed and much appreciated.

By Frances from S.A.

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November 6, 20090 found this helpful

I went to a goodwill store years ago and found a jean jacket with paint on it. The cashier told me to use hairspray. I did and it worked. You simply spray the area and rub it together. If it doesn't come out, don't dis pare, simply SPRAY some more and rub again. Repeat until it is gone! Believe me, it made my days, and I have used that tip often.

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July 4, 20100 found this helpful

Best advice ever! I used regular hairspray on a jacket that my son was wearing when he leaned against a freshly painted wall. Since it was my husbands prized college jacket, it seemed impossible to get the paint out. I can't say thanks enough!

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I had accidentally rubbed up against a newly painted hallway and had gotten water based paint on my $400 Coach Black pocketbook. I didn't notice this until the next day and it was thoroughly dried. I used hairspray as was suggested and it got off all of the paint. I had to keep reapplying about 3 or four times. I used a wash cloth and sprayed the hairspray right on the material of the Coach bag. I then used a Scotch Brite sponge (the no-scatch griddy side kind) to get the last of the faint paint stain off and it worked like a charm. It looks brand new again and this girl is a happy camper!!! Hairspray works!!!

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My children got some paint on their clothing at Vacation Bible School. One was 95% cotton and 5% spandex. The other is 100% cotton. I don't know what kind of paint it is. The paint did come off easily when they washed their hands. I have already washed and dried both of them. Any suggestions?

Hadley from Clinton, NC

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Removing Paint Stains from Dried Clothing

I just removed a tan paint stain from my husband's red shirt with nothing but hairspray. It worked great. Just sprayed and rubbed, then washed. Thanks for the tip. (10/12/2009)

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My children got some paint on their clothing at Vacation Bible School. One was 95% cotton and 5% spandex. The other is 100% cotton. I don't know what kind of paint it is. The paint did come off easily when they washed their hands. I have already washed and dried both of them. Any suggestions?

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Hadley from Clinton, NC

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Removing Paint Stains from Dried Clothing

Tell the teacher to find out about mixing powdered soap in with the paint for stain removal from clothing. I don't know the details, but one of my kid's preschool teachers did that years ago so the kid's clothing wouldn't be ruined by paint that spattered over the aprons. (06/22/2007)

By cookwie

Removing Paint Stains from Dried Clothing

I use white spirits for many mystery stains including paint. Just dab some on with a cloth and leave for about an hour before rinsing then washing normally.

It saved my ivory colored quilt which had black tar like stains over it, from washing DH work clothes before it. I had tried everything and after 12 months decided that the white spirits didn't work, I would recycle the okay parts of the fabric for craft.

White spirits is smelly but does the trick. You should be able to get it at the supermarket. (06/22/2007)

By Kfromoz

Removing Paint Stains from Dried Clothing

Thank you for the hairspray tips! Worked fantastically on really old dried paint on my cotton / spandex top. Just sprayed and scraped with a pair of scissors and the stain is almost impossible to see. (07/05/2007)

By kelly

Removing Paint Stains from Dried Clothing

Don't ask me why I put my 5 year old twins in nice shirts to do a craft activity, but I did and they both had spots of the puffy fabric paint when they were done. I used rubbing alcohol and a scouring sponge and they are nice shirts still! Thanks! (08/01/2007)

By Kari

Removing Paint Stains from Dried Clothing

We tried all the things listed above and nothing worked. Then I saw that we had Goof Off and that did work wonders. (08/13/2007)

Removing Paint Stains from Dried Clothing

I love this site. I haven't had any bad advise yet. I never thought about trying hairspray. It worked wonderfully. I use hairspray all the time in my crafting and stamping business. It cleans ink and adhesives off of just about any surface with ease, including rubber stamps. Makes me wonder what it's been doing to my hair. Thanks for the great idea! (10/09/2007)

By Colleen

Removing Paint Stains from Dried Clothing

Thanks. The hairspray, alcohol, and soap worked. (11/16/2007)

By Hilary Lannaman

Removing Paint Stains from Dried Clothing

I would imagine Nail Polish Remover will do the trick for acrylic paint! (11/23/2007)

By Dennis

Removing Paint Stains from Dried Clothing

Use "Goof Off". I got it at Tractor Supply Co. for less than $8 (16ozCan). It took all of the paint completely off of my favorite jeans. It takes a little scrubbing but it's definitely worth it. (01/02/2008)

By Hannah

Removing Paint Stains from Dried Clothing

Windex is the best stain remover. Along with using nail polish remover and water and hairspray, especially on acrylic paint! (02/05/2008)

By Clarke

Removing Paint Stains from Dried Clothing

My teenage son had a very expensive hoodie and of course he wore it to his art class. Needless to say acrylic paint ended up on both cuffs and part of the sleeve. He was very upset. I'm not much of a laundress (I usually set stains!) but I managed to get it out, and the sweatshirt looks like new. Hairspray (extra hold) and Pine Sol really did the trick. Thanks for the great advice!
(02/20/2008)

By Roberta

Removing Paint Stains from Dried Clothing

91% alcohol worked like a charm. Took off some of the dye of my clothes but the paint is gone. (02/26/2008)

By patrick

Removing Paint Stains from Dried Clothing

I was at work and got white paint on the sleeve of a black shirt (60/40 cotton/polyester) and the shirts are about $25 a pop or so and it was brand new. I used a combination of the hairspray, peroxide, and detergent with a scrubbing part of a cheap dish sponge and it eventually came out for the most part. Picking with your fingers also helps out prior to any scrubbing. (06/15/2008)

By The Stain Fighter

Removing Paint Stains from Dried Clothing

Anything very greasy, like thick paint or tar or bike grease, put it into the wash with soap and empty a can of coke (coca cola) into it as well! Voila! it comes out clean (I couldn't believe it the first time I tried, scared to think what coke can do to our insides... uggh). Good luck :) (07/01/2008)

By neomi

Removing Paint Stains from Dried Clothing

I just removed dried acrylic paint from a freshly modified (2 hours work) camp uniform t-shirt using nail polish remover (scrub/rinse), followed by hairspray (scrub/rinse), followed by Goo Gone (scrub/rinse), followed by SIMPLE GREEN (that was the magic ingredient, no scrub/rinse required). Thank you, Simple Green. It's all clean! Hooray!
(07/14/2008)

By Helpful Guest

Removing Paint Stains from Dried Clothing

WOW! Rubbing alcohol worked like magic. My son had just gotten a brand new T-shirt and leaned into some fresh paint in the house, we were sure the shirt was history but after trying the rubbing alcohol and using an old toothbrush the paint came right out with no discoloration to the black fabric! (The paint was even dried and on there for over 24 hours). Thanks for the tip. (08/24/2008)

By Debbie

Removing Paint Stains from Dried Clothing

Thank you. I just tried Goo Gone and rubbing alcohol on a pair of khaki shorts that had blue bottom boat paint. I thought they were gone, but I got them clean. Also rubbed them with a toothbrush and Tide. A final wash with Tide and Borax. (09/09/2008)

By Ann

Removing Paint Stains from Dried Clothing

My daughter got fabric paint on her new navy blue scrubs at school. She brought them home and used a combination of Rubbing Alcohol & Goo B Gone. She let that soak in for a few seconds then hair sprayed the spots. Used a wash cloth and rubbed vigorously. Seems to have worked just fine. Did not discolor the navy scrubs at all. (10/16/2008)

By Shelly

Removing Paint Stains from Dried Clothing

Well, on this cold, rainy night, I was trying to think of something that would make me smile and then I pulled my black knit sweater out of the washer to find dried white paint in spots on the bottom front. I quickly came to research how to get it out. It was especially problematic because the sweater is a very narrow ribbed woolen like knit. I grabbed my bottle of alcohol and went to work with a Q-tip.

After just a few minutes of dabbing and rubbing, the dried paint on my black sweater began to thin and then started to completely disappear the more I added alcohol and rubbed. I am so grateful to you all. You saved my beautiful black sweater from the bottom of the Goodwill barrel! Thanks! I'm smiling from ear to ear. (11/12/2008)

By Vicki S.

Removing Paint Stains from Dried Clothing

Okay. Get yourselves the Mr. Clean magic eraser. It took dried paint off of my daughter's Christmas dress that she wore to school. It takes a little elbow grease, but it looks so much better. Mind you, I had navy blue paint on a red dress. Start scrubbing and good luck! (12/20/2008)

By DANIELLE

Removing Paint Stains from Dried Clothing

Try peanut butter (02/02/2009)

Removing Paint Stains from Dried Clothing

My husband is a painter, to remove paint from clothing, carpet and pretty much any surface he uses Windex. He won't use anything else, it always works. Just get a dry rag or towel, spray it with the Windex, and dab and rub the stain. But don't scrub too hard. (02/20/2009)

By LLivengood

Removing Paint Stains from Dried Clothing

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I had white paint on my golfing waterproofs and have just removed the stain using Dylon Fabric Care Dry Clean Stain Remover, which was purchased in our local Ironmongers.

Charles B. (05/18/2009)

By Sally_Admin

Removing Paint Stains from Dried Clothing

The common wisdom is that one can't remove dried acrylic paint from fabric. I am an amateur artist and have clothes dedicated to art. This weekend I got liquitex acrylic on two shirts, a leather handbag, and a leather car steering wheel. My hostess had Commercial Line Fantastik Heavy Duty Cleaner and Commercial Line Windex with Ammonia D. It removed the paint and everything. Both are Made by the S.C. Johnson Co.

Two questions; while the paint had dried, it was a day old. The color was yellow. Are either of these a factor? Paint is created from various ingredients that give it color. Would any other chemicals have done the trick. I now have a bottle of these two cleaners, half and half. I may add some vinegar and ammonia. Alas, a lot of this is pot luck and experimentation. (05/25/2009)

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