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Does anyone have any suggestions about how to remove paint from clothing?

Asked by Seelix (14862points) December 1st, 2010

I must have brushed up against some wet paint when I went down to the laundry room, although there were no workers or wet paint signs in sight >:(

Anyway, I now have off-white paint all over the sleeve of my favourite green hoodie. The company doesn’t make that colour anymore, so I really would like to remove it if I can.

I don’t know what kind of paint it is, but I tried scrubbing at it with a bristly brush to no avail. Does anyone know of any product I can use to get this paint off?

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lucillelucillelucille's avatar

I would try paint thinner if it is not coming off with soap and water.

bkcunningham1's avatar

Try scrubbing the paint with rubbing alcohol and blot, blot, blot…

flutherkiller's avatar

Soak it in cold water for about an hour and then throw it in the washer.

snowberry's avatar

The fresher it is, the better chance of removing it. Two choices come to mind. One is Goo Gone. It will remove fresh paint. You could also call a dry cleaner, and see what they recommend. Failing that, would it be possible to just shorten the sleeves?

BarnacleBill's avatar

Goo Gone and a toothbrush. Stick a towel underneath the area soak in Goo Gone, and let it sit for about 10 minutes (that’s the hard part, waiting.) Scrub with the toothbrush, and resaturate with goo gone. The paint will break up. Wash the garment, and then repeat again if necessary.

In all likelihood, it’s latex paint and will come right out.

Seelix's avatar

Thanks for all your answers! Unfortunately it’s no longer fresh; I had to go to class and the grocery store near me doesn’t have Goo Gone. But I’ll give it a try tomorrow and let you know how it turns out.
Unfortunately I can’t shorten the sleeves; it looks as though I leaned up against a wall, but I don’t remember leaning at all while I was wearing it… Anyway, I’d have to remove the sleeves completely and I don’t like that idea.

snowberry's avatar

If you use Goo Gone, you can let it sit longer than 10 minutes, (you’ll have to, if it’s dry). However I don’t know what it might do to the color.

If you wash it, DO NOT run it through the dryer. Goo Gone is oily, and flammable! Let it air dry, and examine the area in case it needs more work.

Seelix's avatar

@snowberry – Thanks for the extra info; I probably would have used the dryer otherwise!

snowberry's avatar

@Seelix Anytime you are working on a stubborn stain, the rule is always, DON’T RUN THROUGH THE DRYER! It will only set the stain. In the case of paint, it would turn fresh paint into “old” paint.

snowberry's avatar

Oh, and while soaking it, cover it up to prevent it from drying out during treatment (it’s a volatile oil).

YARNLADY's avatar

Scrub it with a toothbrush and some toothpaste.

Seelix's avatar

@YARNLADY – You’re a genius. When I read your post, I thought “Toothpaste? Really? No way.” But I thought I’d give it a try, since that’s all I could do last night. I hung it over the shower rod overnight, and this morning it’s almost all gone! I’m amazed. I’m going to run it through the wash in the hope that it’ll get rid of the last little bit, but even if it doesn’t, it still looks a million times better than before. Thank you sooooooooo much!

bkcunningham1's avatar

Toothpaste…who woulda’ thunk it? I’ll have to remember that.

snowberry's avatar

I have come across the most amazing stuff for removing all sorts of stuff, including old blood and old paint. It’s Grandma’s Best Spot Remover. It’s expensive (a tiny bottle costs about $3), but a little goes a long way. Apparently they sell a number of products. The spot remover is on the far right in this link:

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