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How to Get Paint Off of Your Uggs

Updated February 21, 2017

Uggs are a unisex type of boots made from sheepskin with a fleeced interior and tanned exterior. If you've accidentally got paint drips, splatters or overspray on your Uggs, you'll need to use great care during the removal process, or you'll almost certainly cause at least minor damage to the sheepskin. Don't aggressively scrape or scratch the paint, or you'll likely remove some of the boot fibres; instead, utilise a certain type of solvent that will break down the paint and make it much easier to clean.

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  1. Spread plastic masking sheeting over a horizontal concrete surface, such as a porch, driveway or patio. Prevent potential messes due to pooling by placing an old absorbent towel on top of the sheeting. Set the Ugg boots on top of the old towel.

  2. Put on a pair of rubber gloves.

  3. Pour turpentine into a plastic cup. Fill the plastic cup to no more than 1/3 capacity.

  4. Dip a rag into the turpentine; wring excess turpentine back into the cup. Dab the paint with turpentine until the unwanted paint is saturated.

  5. Immediately cover the Ugg boots with plastic masking sheeting to prevent premature evaporation.

  6. Wait three minutes before removing the sheeting. Gently wipe away the liquefied paint using another rag dampened with turpentine. Massage the paint in a circular motion.

  7. Repeat the removal process until the Ugg boots are free from paint. Wait 30 minutes for the turpentine to evaporate.

  8. Tip

    You do not need to wear a dust mask or respirator if you are working outdoors. Do not work indoors, or the turpentine fumes may overwhelm you.


    Turpentine evaporates quickly. Be sure to cover the Ugg boots with plastic sheeting, or the turpentine may dry before it is able to loosen the unwanted paint. Don't use petroleum-based solvents, such as paint stripper, lacquer thinner and white spirit, or you'll end up leaving a petroleum smell in the boots; instead use tree-based turpentine.

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Things You'll Need

  • Plastic masking sheeting
  • Old towel
  • Rubber gloves
  • Turpentine
  • Plastic cup
  • Rags

About the Author

Ryan Lawrence is a freelance writer based in Boulder, Colorado. He has been writing professionally since 1999. He has 10 years of experience as a professional painting contractor. Lawrence writes for High Class Blogs and Yodle. He has a bachelor's degree in journalism and public relations with a minor in history from the University of Oklahoma.

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