Paint on Clothes

My son got paint (latex, I believe) on his brand new swim trunks. Any suggestions on getting it out without harming the fabric? They are 100% polyester.



RAGDOLL's picture

My daughter-in-law accidently washed and then dried a brand new pair of expensive jeans in the dryer.The gum which was a whole pack ended up on the front leg and has left an unsightly mess.How would I go about trying to remove it-most of the gum has been taken off but there is still a stain?Thankyou for any advice.TTFN RAGDOLL.

Anhata's picture

I keep reading this at "paint-on clothes", as in, you paint the clothes on. :evil:

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Lynn's picture

From reader Snowbird:

I've gotten paint out of my husbands clothing before by spraying it with WD-40 and rubbing it in really good and washing as usual. The paint was pretty fresh when I did it though, I don't know how good it will work if the paint has been on there for awhile though. I guess its worth a try, I also use it regularly to take the paint off of my hands when I'm done painting my crafts, works great for that. Hope this helps!

Gerald Dextraze's picture

what works realy fine on delicate or any clothing is fabric softener... wet the part of the clothing with it and after lets say 10-15 minutes the paint will melt to a butter like consistance and will come off like magic in your next regular laundry. If the latex or acrylic paint has dried for many days it could take a second treatment like this. But I assure you acrylic or latex will melt and wash off.
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Terri's picture

If you manage to get your hands on the painted shirt before the paint dries, paint thinner works great (my husband's a painter). The paint thinner won't damage the clothes (At least not cotton clothes. We've never tried it on rayon or silk). After the paint dries, it binds to the fabric - the way paint does to walls - and won't come out.

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Peggy Ramon's picture

Have to let you know that your suggestion worked for me. I washed and dried a load of my son's work uniforms. There were latex paint splatters and on every thing. I rubbed fabric softener on all of the spots, wrapped the clothes in a damp towel, and let them set over night. The next day I scrubbed every spot with a stiff brush, put the clothes in a prewash cycle, checked the spots again, and finished washing the load. The paint is gone. Thanks you for your solution to a terrible mistake.

Rose's picture

Hey would I remove dried fabric paint (yellow :( ) from a shirt??

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