How to Remove Paint from Rubber

Written by amy davidson
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How to Remove Paint from Rubber
Rubber isn't as absorbent as some other surfaces. (rubber ducky image by Adkok from

Painting carries with it those accidental spills that leave paint on surfaces other than the one you intended. Some surfaces don’t take kindly to paint spills, while others are more forgiving. If you spilt oil-based paint on a rubber surface while you were painting your house, you can remove paint from rubber easily with a few easy-to-find supplies.

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Things you need

  • Rubber gloves
  • Gentle paint remover
  • Spray bottle
  • Clean cloth
  • Water
  • Clean towel

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  1. 1

    Put on protective rubber gloves. It's also a good idea to wear old clothing.

  2. 2

    Pour about a cup of paint remover into a plastic spray bottle.

  3. 3

    Liberally spray the paint stain on the rubber item with paint remover. Let the remover sit for about 10 minutes, a little longer for thicker paint or larger spills.

  4. 4

    Gently wipe the paint away with a clean cloth. Rinse the area with water to remove paint remover residue, and wipe with a clean towel.

Tips and warnings

  • To remove water-based paint from rubber, clean the surface with dishwashing soap and water.
  • Always wear gloves when using chemicals of any kind.
  • Always use paint remover in a well-ventilated space.
  • Always test paint remover on a small patch of the surface first to ensure it won’t damage the surface.

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