How to Get Dry Matte Paint Out of Clothes

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How to Get Dry Matte Paint Out of Clothes
Painting can result in some nasty spills and stains. (Ablestock.com/AbleStock.com/Getty Images)

Matt paint is used to provide a smooth, slightly reflective coat to walls, cars, wooden furniture and other paintable objects. A matt coat does not have the highly reflective properties offered by a glossy coat, nor the dull plainness of a flat coat. Most matt paints are made with acrylic, which means that they are water-soluble and relatively simple to clean up. However, if the matt paint has dried and hardened onto fabric, its removal may require a bit more work.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Solvent
  • Bristled scrub brush
  • Dish detergent

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Saturate the matt paint stain with a light solvent, such as isopropyl alcohol (at least 70%) or white spirit.

  2. 2

    Allow the solvent to soak the stain for 10 to 20 minutes. This will begin to dissolve the hardened paint and make it easier to remove.

  3. 3

    Scrub the affected area of the fabric with a bristled scrub brush. Use a firm, circular motion.

  4. 4

    Rinse the fabric with fresh water and apply several drops of dish soap.

  5. 5

    Clean away any remaining matt paint by working the dish soap into a rich lather with your scrub brush.

  6. 6

    Rinse with fresh water once again and allow the fabric to dry.

Tips and warnings

  • For a complete cleaning of the clothing article, add it to your next load of laundry and wash as you normally would.
  • Avoid using paint stripper or thinner on fabric, as this may cause permanent damage to the article of clothing.

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