How to Remove Dried Spray Paint From Clothing

Spray paint consists of propellants, solvents and pigments. When dry, it mimics a water-based or latex paint. Due to the application method, over-spray is common, so covering clothing to reduce the risk of paint stains is recommended. Paint also commonly stains clothing through touching, as items may visually appear dry, and it is tempting to touch them to test an area. Cuffs and other clothing edges can be stained in this manner. When wet, it is best to blot the area to soak the excess paint, but residual paint will often remain. When dry, it can be removed using a simple method.

Things You'll Need

  • Paint scraper

  • Water

  • Laundry detergent

  • Dish soap

  • Acetone-based nail polish remover

Step 1

Scrape off excess paint with a paint scraper or fingernails.

Step 2

Turn the garment inside out. Rinse the fabric under warm running water.

Step 3

Mix equal amounts of warm water and dish soap.

Step 4

Blot the stain with the solution.

Step 5

Rinse the garment.

Step 6

Apply the solution a second time if the paint has not disappeared. Rinse again. Repeat until the paint has disappeared to your satisfaction.

Step 7

Treat the area with an acetone-based nail polish remover if residual paint remains.

Step 8

Launder as directed by the garment care instructions.


Check care label before using acetone. Acetone will melt acetate.