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How to Remove Gloss Paint From Jackets

Updated March 23, 2017

Gloss paint adds a professional finish to decorating projects, but it is nothing but a nuisance when you get it on your jacket. Don't despair; you can avoid consigning the jacket to the trash by using a few common household items to lift the paint. Avoid trying to rub the paint off while wet; you may spread the paint and push it deeper into the fabric. Allow the paint to dry completely before tackling its removal.

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  1. Ease the edge of a razor blade between the gloss paint and the fabric. Try to lift as much of the paint off as possible.

  2. Use a pair of tweezers to pull any lumps of gloss paint away from the fabric.

  3. Dip the end of a cotton bud into nail varnish remover and rub over any remaining paint to dissolve it. Continue this process, frequently changing the cotton buds, until the gloss paint is no longer visible on the jacket. Dab off excess nail varnish remover with a tissue.

  4. Follow the instruction on the jacket's label and wash or dry-clean as appropriate.

  5. Tip

    Be careful when using nail varnish remover on delicate fabrics. Test a small, hidden area of fabric with the remover before applying to the paint stain. Do not wash and tumble dry a jacket before trying to remove the paint. The washing process will not remove the paint and the tumble drying will just set the stain further.

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Things You'll Need

  • Razor blade
  • Tweezers
  • Cotton buds
  • Nail varnish remover
  • Tissues

About the Author

Helen Harvey began her writing career in 1990 and has worked in journalism, writing, copy-editing and as a consultant. She has worked for world-class news sources including Reuters and the "Daily Express." She holds a Master of Arts in mass media communications from Cambridge University in the United Kingdom.

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