All acrylic paints can be tricky to remove from your clothes once dry, but I have a little method that I'll share with you. While it's not foolproof - it works about 99% of the time. You can always give it a try! Hey your shirt already has paint on it, what's the worst that can happen!?
Here's a jacket sleeve that I got a little bit of purple paint on. This purple is from my Claudine Hellmuth Studio line of paints. These paints were designed to be extra waterproof when dry so you can use them to paint fabrics. Good for painting fabrics. Not good when you get them on something you would rather not have paint on. I was wearing this jacket at the CHA convention and it was in my suitcase a couple of days before I realized I had paint on it. Oops!
Not to worry! Rubbing Alcohol to the rescue! You'll want just regular Rubbing Alcohol that you can get from your drugstore or grocery store.
Using a paper towel completely soak the area with the dried on paint. Use A LOT of Rubbing Alcohol and get the area 100% saturated. The resins in the paint will be broken down by the rubbing alcohol.
With your fingernail (or here I am using a coffee stirrer), scratch at the area gently going with and against the grain of the fabric. Keep applying more Rubbing Alcohol to lift off the stain.
At a certain point you get as far as you can with the stain. Here I can still see it a little bit, but it's much better than what I started off with! Throw it in the wash right away and usually even more of the stain will be removed in the wash cycle.
Here it is after it's been through the wash and dried. Very hard to tell where the stain was and one of my favorite jackets is now ready to wear again!
When I was teaching, my colleague wrote her entire list of music on our whiteboard in Sharpie. (I wasn't mad for that, but I was a little mad that she didn't seem to care.) Rubbing alcohol + time + lots of elbow grease got it all off. Thank goodness I had a very patient student who offered to do it for me. It took her 45 minutes, but it worked. Rubbing alcohol is awesome. :)
farewell yellow :)
you should be able to find rubbing alcohol at your drug store. i have never been to a drug store and not seen it. in the US, Italy, Germany England etc. here's the wikipeida description of rubbing alcohol that may help you
it's usually in the medical type area with the cotton balls and the hydrogen peroxide
You just saved a favorite pr of jeans which had a blob of
barn red paint on one leg.
It is 99% gone and I can
wear my jeans again!!!
Again, thanks much for sharing.
My friend needy a hippie banner in a jiffy, so all I had was a king size sheet. I painted one of the peace symbols orange, green and yellow. Looked real good. Friend called next day didn't need banner anymore, but it ruined my sheet. I have tried so many ways, including the one on your site, without even a little paint coming out. Anyone out there who has an answer or the same problem, please let me know. I am desperate. Thank you
White paint + red velour Hanna Andersson dress = one very unhappy mom but Claudine to the rescue!!!! I had washed and dried the dress with paint on it before I noticed the stain. I soaked in rubbing alcohol, scraped the reconstituted paint off and popped it in the washer. Dress looks like new!!!!
Thanks a million!!!!!!!
For the hairspray I will spray a very, very good amount and then start to vigorously scrub with both a toothbrush and Scotch-Brite Scrub Sponge, sometimes use my nail. In between I will wash super hot water over the area and re-spray. I did this more than 20 times and saw VERY little, if any change.
For the alcohol I poor a very good amount until the paint stain is soaked in it and let it sit a bit, after I scrub with the same tools as I did for the hairspray. Alcohol was applied MANY times and little came off, if any paint.
As a last resort I tried both hairspray and alcohol at the same time, spraying hairspray and then pouring alcohol on, still little to no change.... (when both were applied the pants had been soaked in very hot water thinking it may create a stronger reaction of removal, nope)