How to remove dried water base paint from clothing

Updated February 21, 2017

Painting is a messy job, and paint splatters are bound to happen. You can remove dried water-based paint from clothes, but the longer the paint stain is left untreated, the more difficult the stain will be to remove. Water-based paint is also known as latex paint. The word "latex" is used to describe rubber-based paint, but latex paint does not actually contain latex. Water-based paint is the easiest type of paint to remove from clothes.

Use a scraper to remove the paint. Use caution when using the scraper to avoid damaging the fabric.

Apply rubbing alcohol directly on the paint. The rubbing alcohol will dissolve latex paint.

Use a stiff-bristled brush or toothbrush to remove the paint. Use a back-and-forth motion to scrub the area.

Rinse the area with warm water.

Mix 1 part liquid dish detergent with 1 part warm water in a bowl.

Dip a sponge into the mixture and apply to the dried paint. Saturate the area.

Scrub the area with a stiff-bristled brush or toothbrush.

Rinse with warm water.

Ensure the dried paint has been removed. Launder the clothes in a washing machine with detergent and warm water.


Apply hairspray to the dried paint; then launder the clothes in a washing machine with detergent and warm water. Apply rubbing alcohol to the dried paint; then wash clothes in a washing machine with detergent and warm water. Use spot removers such as Goof Off or Krud Kutter to remove dried water-based paint.


Use chemicals in a well-ventilated area.

Things You'll Need

  • Scraper
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Stiff-bristled brush or toothbrush
  • Liquid dish detergent
  • Bowl
  • Sponge
  • Washing powder
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