Protecting a Painted Denim Jacket?


I painted a jean jacket using plain acrylic paints. However, I want to wear it out without it getting wrecked (by rain, or cracking, etc.). Is there something I can spray on top of it or any idea of what I can do?


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May 18, 20180 found this helpful

You can use a. Scotchgard type protector. It comes in a can.

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September 28, 20180 found this helpful

I just had a jacket painted on and I am not sure if he put a clear coat on it and do not know what kind of paint he used so should I put something on it and what should I use

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May 19, 20180 found this helpful

I'm not sure you can avoid it cracking if you used plain old acrylic paint (as opposed to fabric paints) because acrylics become brittle and will either crack or peel off as you wear it, wrinkle it, etc. The only thing that you can do to prevent that is to never wear it or put some polymer varnish that will make the jacket so stiff it can't be worn easily


As well, in my experience acrylics are pretty colorfast, less liable to fade with light, unless they're exposed to light and heat for hours. But if you can manage it without making the jacket unwearable, you can find instructions on applying a varnish here

Interestingly enough, oil paints are better on something like denim, or fabric paint designed to dry and remain flexible

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June 26, 20190 found this helpful

the toxins in oil paint will travel through fabric! very dangerous to use on clothing

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May 19, 20180 found this helpful

it would probably have worked better if you had used a fabric medium with your paint but others seem to work with acrylics with and without using the medium.


  • One of my daughters paints designs on jeans and the paint design will last through several washings before it starts to fade. She will sometimes touch-up faded areas.
  • She does use fabric medium with her acrylics but did say one of the most important things to remember is to "heat set" the garment after paint is dry if you do not use the fabric medium.
  • This is information my daughter sent but she also said that you may need to cover the design with fabric and constantly move the iron while drying the cloths.
  • Work in a well ventilated area have handy your iron on dry and lots of clean white cloths, on the idea of handkerchiefs, batiste, muslin, whatever.
  • Dip your square of cloth into pure white vinegar. Wring out. Place on the right side of your fabric. Press in a lifting motion until bone dry. If paint has transmitted to your pressing cloth, use a new one for the next pressing.
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  • Here is a site that has good instructions for this process.
  • I have had good luck when washing a garment with a painted design by placing it over the back of a patio chair (either outside or on a patio) and spraying the underarms and inside area with 2 tablespoons dawn dish soap mixed with water in a spray bottle. Let set for 30 minutes and then use hose sprayer to rinse the garment.
  • It will take quite a bit of water to completely rinse but I then spay with vinegar/water and rinse again.
  • I have even "washed" men's sport coats like this (no wool) and it usually works very well.
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May 27, 20180 found this helpful

I painted a demin Jacket years ago and I washed it but didn't put it in the dryer. It did great. The acrylic paint wont wash out. It may peel but that depends on how thick you put the paint on.

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