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Forum topic by blackthumb posted 07-05-2008 08:17 PM 45807 views 0 times favorited 17 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-05-2008 08:17 PM

Does anybody know how I can remove dried paint from clothes, any websites, products or anything?

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#1 posted 07-05-2008 08:23 PM

Scissors:-) ?

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#2 posted 07-05-2008 08:35 PM

it’s pretty hard to remove dried paint because it has generally absorbed into the interior fibers of the material. With that said, you can try a little bit of whatever solvent the paint says to use to remove it as if it was wet. I’ve also had limited luck using rubbing alcohol on latex paint. But limited success is the best I’ve done. Generally anything that I’ve got paint on has just become my favorite clothes to do future painting in.

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#3 posted 07-05-2008 11:24 PM

Go to Wal Mart and buy another shirt, pants, whatever, before the laundry person see it.

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#4 posted 07-05-2008 11:32 PM

Try this site


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#5 posted 07-06-2008 02:27 AM

I use Goof Off to remove dried latex paint. It works pretty well on oil-based paint, too. I’ve used it get paint out of carpet.
  • Test the solvent in a hidden area to make sure it doesn’t damage the carpet.
  • Flood the paint drop with the solvent. Be generous.
  • Scrub with a paper towel or old rag.
  • Suck up the mess with a shop vacuum.
  • Repeat until the paint is gone.

If you’re going to do more than just a small job, buy xylene instead—it’s cheaper. Goof Off is mostly xylene.

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#6 posted 07-06-2008 02:45 AM

Generally 40 grit or larger on a side grinder will obliterate whatever paint you’re lookin’ at.

-- Earle Wright, Lenoir City, Tennessee

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#7 posted 07-06-2008 02:48 AM

Sometimes the citrus style hand cleaners will take the paint stains off. I have had luck with a couple brands for removing all kinds of stains from clothing, but a word of warning, it will sometimes remove the die in clothing too.

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#8 posted 07-07-2008 08:19 PM

I don’t, it adds character ;-)

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#9 posted 07-19-2008 07:28 AM

Now you have a pair of work clothes to use on your next project. Once paint is dried that’s it!

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#10 posted 07-19-2008 08:17 AM

if the cloth was white, chlorine based liquids can work, like chlorex. they dont really remove the paint but remove the pigment. oil based paint can be removed with chaotic soda (drain opener or paint stripper, drain opener is cheaper), but it will happily digest any organic material, like your skin or cotton based cloth, so it is good only for 100% synthetic fabrics.

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#11 posted 07-20-2008 06:18 AM

I just keep wearing that article of clothing everytime I paint. This way I never have to worry about removing paint from another article of clothing.

-- Brian, Lebanon PA, If you aren’t having fun doing it, find something else to do.

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#12 posted 07-20-2008 07:01 AM

I’ll second SteveB… Goofoff is the best… Just don’t use it in the house! The smell will drive you nuts for hours. Treat the paint and let it soak in. Blot out as much as you can and then rinse it out. (Outside of course) Then take it inside and wash it as normal. Check it before you put it in the dryer, as heat will set any paint you missed.


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#13 posted 04-21-2013 11:44 AM

After I splashed brown fence paint on black trousers and didn’t notice for two weeks, I found that Hammerite thinners when applied to a cloth and rubbed vigorously will remove it without affecting the surface finish of the cloth too much. These thinners are very volatile and so you should avoid breathing the vapour and having it on your skin. Good luck.

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#14 posted 04-21-2013 01:40 PM

As Tom mentioned, dryers set paint. If the clothes have been through the dryer once then I’ve never heard of a successful method of getting the p_nt out. Oil based will come out with paint thinner, wash a couple times before drying to avoid fires. Latex comes out with soap and water, just toss the shirt into the next dozen washes and most if not all should go away, just don’t dry in between.

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#15 posted 04-22-2013 01:42 PM

I just finished painting a bedroom and woodwork in all three bedrooms. I’m going to keep the pants and shirt for other paint projects. Why ruin more clothes?

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