How to Get Paint off Boots

No matter how careful you are, it can be difficult not to spill – or step in – paint as you’re working on a project. If you’ve splattered paint on a favorite pair of rubber or leather boots, don't toss the boots aside because you think they are ruined. After trying a few different paint removal remedies, you should be able to restore your boots to good-as-new condition with a little patience and elbow grease.

Things You'll Need

  • Spoon
  • Cotton swab
  • Cotton rags
  • Hair spray
  • Cotton balls
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Nail polish remover
  • Sandpaper
  • Old toothbrush
  • Steel wool
  • Shoe polish


    • 1

      Scrape off the dried paint with your fingers or a spoon. If you’re nervous about scratching the surface of your boot, use a cotton swab instead.

    • 2

      Soak an old rag in warm, sudsy water and dab the paint stain. Repeat this step before moving on to the other methods.

    • 3

      Spray the area with hair spray, then blot it with a wet rag.

    • 4

      Soak a cotton ball with rubbing alcohol and dab the area, then blot it with a wet rag.

    • 5

      Soak a cotton ball with nail polish remover (with acetone being the active ingredient) and blot the stain until it lifts.

    • 6

      Rub the splattered paint gently with a piece of fine sandpaper. For better control, wrap a piece of sandpaper around an old toothbrush.

    • 7

      Rub the paint stain with steel wool and some matching shoe polish.

    • 8

      Run the spot under warm water, then wash it with warm, sudsy water.

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