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How to Remove Paint From Clothes

Updated March 23, 2017

Paint stains can be difficult to get out of clothes. Yet with a little work, you can get the paint out of your clothes in no time.

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  1. Pick at the paint with your fingernail and remove as much as possible.

  2. Saturate the paint stains with hairspray, and let the garment soak for an hour or so.

  3. Gently pull up the softened paint on the clothing with small scissors or tweezers. Be careful not to rip the fabric.

  4. Scrub off any remaining paint with a brush.

  5. Repeat Steps 1 through 5 until all the paint is gone.

  6. Wash the garment in warm water and an extra bit of laundry soap. If there is any remaining paint after the first washing, wash it again.

  7. Dry the garment.

  8. Tip

    Rubbing alcohol may work on paint stains on clothing as well.


    Do not dry the garment until you think you have got all the paint possible out of your garment. The heat from the dryer will set any stains, making them difficult or impossible to remove.

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Things You'll Need

  • Hairspray
  • Scrub brush
  • Tweezers or scissors

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