How to remove spray paint from clothes

Spraying paint is the best way to make your car look cool. There are lots of kinds and brands of spray paint, but by far the most common is acrylic paint which tends to get all over the place when used outside.

If you’ve ever had an issue with acrylic spray paint getting on your clothes or furniture, then these tips are sure to be useful.

how to remove spray paint from clothes

Acrylic paint stains can be a pain to remove, but if done properly you can get most of it out in no time at all.

You just have to take care of it as soon as possible before it dries otherwise you’ll have a lot of trouble getting it off later on!

Cleaning the wet stains

Blot up the excess wet paint. Get to it early if you can before it has a chance to dry. Water-based paints like spray paint are best at this point as they are easier to manage.

Put the spill in the sink and start blotting with paper towels until you’re sure you have most of the paint removed.

It’s important to remember that rubbing should come after blotting because any excess will just get pushed deeper into the fabric otherwise and spread out on top if not absorbed right away by blotting.

This is why when one area gets saturated quickly change up to another area so that you can keep blotting without having to break out your scrubbing tools.

Removing oil-based paint

When spray paint is still wet, it can be rather easy to remove. Water-based paint can be treated with dish soap and scrubbed out, while oil-based paint can be removed with turpentine.

WD40, or even hairspray if the leftovers are a hassle. NOTE: Spray Paint is most likely acrylic so approach it as though it was water-based.

Rubbing with a dry cloth

To start cleaning up a spill, you’re going to need some tools on hand. Varnish and dry clothes are good for this job.

Take a varnish and apply it to the area of paint that you’re cleaning. Then take the dry fabric and rub it against the affected area, raising some more liquid off of it in the process. Rubbing method can also be used to remove paint from skin.

Continue rubbing until you spot no more liquid appearing on your dry fabric; these excessive can be found caked against the inner walls of your wall or floorboard, so be sure that when you buff out, you also use your eye for detail to find every last drop.

Using a dry cloth is ideal for this kind of situation. In order to ensure maximum effectiveness, use the same temperature of hot water that you would use to clean your clothes with.

(If you don’t already have one handy, make sure to acquire some separately).

Cleaning dried spray paint

Now we will discuss the method that we will use for scraping the dried spray paint off your clothes. Amateurs think this process is very difficult but is the easiest task in removing spray paint.

I am gonna share each and every step which I have tested over years and from my experience.

Scraping method

A simple way to get paint off clothes is to scrape the excess from the surface. The paint will come off in chunks, so there won’t be any more paint that was absorbed by the fabric.

You’ll probably have to give up after some time because it won’t be completely gone. Scraping can also be used to remove paint from metal, wood and stainless steel surface.

Using paint remover or oil-based cleaner

If you find yourself with a spray paint stain on your clothing, you can use an alcohol-based cleaner or mix up a strong solution of white vinegar and water to try to remove it.

Acetone nail polish remover or hairspray might work well if the stain is fresh from fresh spray paint. These cleaning agents dissolve the plastic in acrylic spray paint, so they’ll help remove it from your clothes!

However, if you have tried these options and still have no luck, a heavy-duty liquid laundry detergent should be able to get rid of the stubborn marks too.

how to remove spray paint from clothes

However, remember that paint removers have quite harsh active agents in them, and they will completely remove any dye from your shirt. This means you can only use them as a last resort.

Throwing in Laundry

Treating a stain with an alcohol-based cleaner will at least offer some confirmation of whether the stain is removable or not.

If it doesn’t come out of the laundry, you know that the stain can’t be removed, but don’t let this deter you! Certain stains can be covered up quite well with fabric pens and other products designed to “decanonize” your attire.

Just remember to look on the bright side – now that you know black clothing is going to give you trouble, you’ll be more likely to catch stains before they get too big.

That way diminishes your chances of becoming a fashion tragedy in the future!

Dry cleaning

If you have a permanent marker, use that. if not, try a dry-cleaner. This method is helpful because it doesn’t spread the stain over your clothes any more than necessary, nor does it require any special chemical solutions to remove it.

Just let the dry cleaner do its thing and brush off what bits get on your clothes afterward – voilà! You’re all clean.

Also, if you can’t find someone who knows how to do this or will clean jeans for you, check out laundry detergent that is specifically intended for sensitive skin – it works really well for cleaning paint from your clothing.

Preventing stains methods

When it comes to a paint sprayer, there are two things you want to keep in mind. One is that the sprayer itself needs to be handled properly and respectfully.

Two, the person using the sprayer needs to make sure they’re doing so responsibly.

Remember that it’s very important you not overlook or ignore these tips because otherwise, this can cause a strain on your clothing as well as damage to other pieces of clothing as well!

Wear a poncho

For the best protection, wear a layered outfit where you can remove highly likely-to-get-stained items with easy access. This way you can easily remove them for cleaning and re-don as needed.

Paint in underwear

Yes, you heard right pal. It’s the best way to prevent your clothes from getting stained by spray paint.

Painters do it, and so should you! Get yourself loose by lessing up the clothes while painting. Everyone who’s painted knows that it can get really hot in your space after the sun bakes paint all day.

Thanks to UV cookies, this is a thing of the past: clothing absorbs heat when the paint dries, making for uncomfortable quilting.

Bet you didn’t know that this is true even of finishing materials like varnish and lacquer.

To combat dehydration on a hot summer afternoon, strip down to your boxers or undies when painting indoors. It’ll feel great, trust us!


Just like any other fabric, you can use Tide or any other laundry detergent to remove dry spray paint from clothes. However, the stain can only be removed when the clothes are still fresh. If you wait for a few days and then try to remove the stain, you’ll be sorry to know that there are no guarantees because the glue in spray paint will have spread out and become harder to remove.

Yes, spray paint comes off of clothes if you use the right detergent and if you act quickly. The most important thing is to not pour water on the stain and to act within 10 minutes of the incident. First, wash the clothes as soon as you can. Then run the clothes through a cold wash. If the paint is still visible, add ammonia to the wash. Next, if the paint is still visible, add a laundry pre-treater. Most laundry pre-treaters are designed to break down oil stains.

Vinegar may work to remove spray paint, but it’s tricky. Vinegar will not have a good effect on spray paint that is still wet, but it may help remove paint that has already dried. Why? Removing paint from surfaces is the result of two things: 1) Scrubbing off the top layer of paint 2) Softening the paint below so you can wipe it off. In order for vinegar to work, you will need to first use a scrubbing agent to remove the top layer of paint. The most commonly used scrubbing agents for paint removal are paint thinner, mineral spirits, or paint remover. Once you have removed the top layer of paint, pour vinegar on the paint stain and leave it for awhile to soften or dissolve the paint. Use a scrubbing agent and a stiff-bristled brush to wipe off the softened paint. Be sure to test the vinegar on an inconspicuous area first to ensure that the vinegar will not affect the surface of your object.

WD-40 is one of the best products to remove paint from clothes. It is an aerosol product, and it comes in a spray can. The first thing that you need to do is to remove the paint from the clothes using some solvent. The solvent can also be WD-40 if you want, but it’s not recommended. The point is, you need to use some solvent and then wash the clothes after removing the paint. After that, you should spray WD-40 on the place where the paint has been removed. Then, use a clean rag and rub it on that place. Finally, wash the rag and wash the clothes.

Yes, it does. But it takes a long time. Paint is oil based and nail polish is acetone based, so you need to soak the paint with nail polish remover for many hours for the paint to soak up the nail polish remover. It’s easier to just use paint remover. You can mix the nail polish remover and paint together before you soak the paint. Either way, be sure to protect your hands and use rubber gloves while you are doing that so you won’t get splashed with the chemicals.


Complete guide with a step-by-step procedure for removing spray paint from your clothes. I am sure this issue had been with many newcomers which try to spray paint some surfaces but get unfortunately get stains of spray paint. Comment down if you have any queries regarding this post I will try to answer them.

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