How to Remove Acrylic Paint


There are many ways to remove acrylic paint from various types of materials. The most important thing to remember is that acrylic is water soluble and can be removed with just the right amount of persistence.

Things You'll Need

  • 2 Tbsp ammonia
  • 2 Tbsp white vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp salt
  • Sponge
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  • Laundry Detergent
  • Water
  • Wet Vacuum
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  • Acetone
  • Goo Off, Goo Gone or Taginator
  • This process works well on small applications, such as clothing or curtains, and can be done even if the paint is dried. It will work better if the paint is not dry, however.

    Mix the ammonia, white vinegar and salt. You can put it in a bowl or a spray bottle-whichever you think will work better for your application. Work the solution into the material with the sponge. Rinse. Repeat until acrylic paint is completely removed. Wash and dry according to manufacturer specifications.

    Make not that the ammonia and vinegar can bleach fabrics. If you are concerned with this, water the solution down 3 to 1 with water and let soak several hours between scrubbings.

  • Many people have experienced paint spills on carpet. If you let it dry, you will not have a good time getting it up. While the paint is wet, suck up as much as you can with the wet vacuum. Then saturate the carpet with a mixture of laundry detergent and water. Scrub any spots that require it. Use the wet vacuum to suck the water out of the carpet again. Repeat this process until you are no longer able to remove paint from the carpet.

    Set up as many fans as possible and leave them running for at least 24 hours. This will prevent mold growth under the carpet.

    If you let the paint dry, use the same method, however on the first application of detergent and water, let it soak for a couple hours before scrubbing and wet vacuuming the carpet.

  • For non-sensitive applications, there are several products available. This is for removing paint from concrete, brick, stucco, etc. You can use strait acetone or a number of products such as Goo Off, Goo Gone or Taginator. Follow manufacturer specifications for these products. Chemical products can be very hazardous. An alternative is to sand blast if your surface can take the impact.

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