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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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August 18, 2017

How do you get acrylic paint out of a cotton skirt?

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August 18, 20170 found this helpful

Test this method before proceeding. Always make sure to find an area that you can test any cleaner on before applying it to the stain.
First run cold water on the back of the stain to remove as much of the paint as possible.
You will need Persil small & mighty Bio and a Stain Eraser ball. Pour a small amount of the product on the satin and rub the stain with the bottom of the ball. Rinse and repeat if necessary. Once the stain is removed wash the garment.

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August 18, 20170 found this helpful

You can try rubbing alcohol and 409 kitchen cleanser. Use a toothbrush to get it in the stain. Rinse it out and wash as usual.

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August 18, 20170 found this helpful

Dab some rubbing alcohol and allow it to soak the area. Then lightly rub the area. Good luck!

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August 19, 20170 found this helpful

Try toothpaste scrub stain with a tooth brush,then add lemon juice, and dish soap scrub some more.Then wash as usual.

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August 20, 20170 found this helpful

rubbing alcohol (especially really old rubbing alcohol) or nail polish remover. Acetone is pretty good about eliminating stains, and reconstituting old art brushes.

probably try out on fabric first though in my experience using rags and such acetone does not really mess with fabric per se or colour

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August 20, 20170 found this helpful

Try nail polish remover.

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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!

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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 yahoo.com

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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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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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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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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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August 22, 2015

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

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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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October 15, 20070 found this helpful

I would like to know how to get acrylic paint stains out of cotton fabric and cotton/polyester fabrics. My kids were doing crafts at camp and got paint on their good clothes, how can i remove the unwanted stains?

Marleen

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Acrylic Paint on Clothing

I removed white paint off my husbands navy jacket with Pine Sol. Don't know why I even tried it but the paint was not fresh and it came out with some rubbing. (08/22/2005)

By siris

Acrylic Paint on Clothing

I have found a product called Goof Off II worked well for removing acrylic paint......spray well and rub it in and wash as usual. I have had a few that needed several treatments/washes but it all came out for me . Good luck! I got mine at Menards. (08/24/2005)

By Donna

Acrylic Paint on Clothing

I'm an artist and have had the same thing happen. I've had luck with a product called "Krud Kutter." This stuff is great. A hardware salesperson turned me on to it and I will be forever grateful. It's also quite cheap. What a deal! Good Luck!
(08/25/2005)

By Barb

Acrylic Paint on Clothing

I was successful removing acrylic paint with WD-40. Took some rubbing, but it did dissolve most of the dried paint. (02/23/2006)

By Seth

Acrylic Paint on Clothing

Original Pine Sol (15% pine oil) works! Pour big glob on stain and immediately scrub with toothbrush. This removed 2 week old dried (in some cases already washed with other ineffective stain removers) acrylic paint from denim, cotton knits and spandex. Got the tip on this site. (09/10/2006)

By Joanne Kelly

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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

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Removing Acrylic Craft Paint From Clothing

http://www.ehow.com/how_6918_clean-acrylic-paints.html


Tips & Warning:

Dried acrylic paint will not come out of fabric.

Marge from NY

(09/23/2007)

By MCW

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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

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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

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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
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