How to Get Primer Out of Jeans

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Paint-removing agents are available at your local home-improvement store.
Paint-removing agents are available at your local home-improvement store. (Image: Comstock/Comstock/Getty Images)

A proper paint job requires the use of primer. Primer is a special paint that creates a smooth surface for the finishing paint to adhere to. It helps to extend the life of the paint job. When spilled, primer can permanently stain fabrics, including your jeans. Use a commercial paint-removing agent to remove primer stains. To get the best result and to restore your jeans, the proper use of the agent is required.

Things You'll Need

  • Solvent-resistant gloves
  • Goggles
  • Paint-removing agent
  • Toothbrush or bristle brush
  • Paper towels
  • Laundry detergent

Work in a well-ventilated room. Put on solvent-resistant gloves and goggles for protection.

Apply a commercial paint-removing agent to the primer stain. Saturate the entire stain.

Brush over the stain to loosen up the primer. Use a toothbrush for small stains up to 2 inches in size, and use a bristle brush for larger stains.

Rinse the stain with water to remove primer residue. Blot the area with a paper towels to remove excess liquid.

Saturate the stained area of the jeans with laundry detergent. Allow the detergent to remain on the stain for approximately 30 minutes, before washing the jeans according to the label instructions.

Tips & Warnings

  • Remove primer paint as soon as possible, because paint stains are easier to remove when wet.

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