How to Remove Enamel Paint From Clothes

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Enamel paint is a type of paint that is oil based, so it dries to a hard, glossy finish. This makes them great for painting metals, but terrible for stains on your clothing. Of all the things that can stain your clothing, enamel paint may be one of the worst. It can be nearly impossible to get out, but before you give up you should try the following steps.

  • Start the cleaning process as soon as possible. The longer the enamel paint sits on your clothing, the more of a chance it will set into the fibers of your clothes.

  • If the paint is still wet, try rubbing a small amount of turpentine on the stained area. Start with a small amount and add more if you need to. Too much turpentine may ruin the clothing you are trying to clean.

  • If the stain persists, rub the stained area with liquid dish washing detergent. Let it stand for five or 10 minutes. Then wash in warm water in the washing machine.

  • Check the stain after the rinse cycle. If there are still some stained areas, spray an oven cleaner such as Easy Off onto the stain. Let it set for 30 minutes.

  • Wash the clothing again, the warm cycle the way you normally do. If the stain still does not come out, it probably will not. Either repurpose the clothing or throw it away.

Tips & Warnings

  • When working with oil based paints such as enamel paint, you should wear old or already stained clothing so that if an accident does happen, it is less bothersome.
  • Before you put anything on your clothes, you should color test it on nonvisible part. There is no point in getting a stain out of your clothing if it changes colors in the process.

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