How to Remove a Silk Screen Logo

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If you make a mistake silk screening a shirt, you can quickly remove the paint.
If you make a mistake silk screening a shirt, you can quickly remove the paint. (Image: angel's t-shirt image by sminx from Fotolia.com)

Silk screening, which is the process of transferring a paper design to an object with ink or paint, can sometimes result in unsatisfactory results. An artist can make chemical mistakes in the process, such as the improper use of screen filler, or even physical mistakes, such as accidentally nudging the screen and smearing the design. This can result in a ruined logo design, which needs to be removed. You may also wish to remove the logo from a bought, pre-printed item.

Things You'll Need

  • WD-40
  • Clean cloths
  • Goo Gone
  • Water
  • Dishwashing soap
  • Sponge
  • Washing machine
  • Dryer
  • Cotton ball
  • Nail polish remover

Removing Silk Screening Paint From Plastic

Take a can of WD-40 and coat the surface of the plastic item. Concentrate mainly on the area that has the printed logo.

Let the WD-40 sit on the item for a moment, then wipe it off with a clean cloth. This should take off the bulk of the silk screening ink.

Take a bottle of Goo Gone and spread it over the remaining logo ink. Let the Goo Gone sit on the plastic for a few moments.

Wipe the Goo Gone away with a clean cloth. Repeat until the logo has completely disappeared.

Add dishwashing soap to a wet sponge and wipe down the surface of the plastic item to remove all of the chemicals. Let the item dry.

Removing Silk Screening Paint From Fabric

Take the fabric item you have silk screened and run it through a cold wash in the washing machine. Make sure that the wash is cold, as hot water will cause the ink to set.

Lay the item out on a flat surface. Using your hands, pick and peel off any loose paint bits and throw them away.

Put the item into the dryer and run it on the highest setting. This will turn the remaining paint back into liquid.

Peel away as much of the paint as you can. If there are still logo pieces left on the fabric, soak a cotton ball in nail polish remover and daub it onto the fabric.

Wash and dry the fabric again.

Tips & Warnings

  • Removing the silk screen paint from fabric once it has set is extremely difficult, and may be impossible in some cases without ruining the fabric. You may be able to make the logo fade with repeated washings, or scratch off some of the peeling paint.

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