How to Get Spray Paint Out of Clothes

Getting spray paint on your clothes is nothing nice. The good news is, special washing care in combination with commercial and household products can fade or eliminate any traces of spray paint on a garment. The best way to remove spray paint on clothes is to treat it immediately so that the paint won't penetrate the clothing's fibers too deeply. Once you remove the stain, follow all washing and drying methods to eradicate the stain successfully.

Things You'll Need

  • Bucket

  • Stain remover

  • Soft brush

  • Hairspray or nail polish remover

  • Cotton swab

  • Stain-fighting laundry detergent

  • Laundry line

Step 1

Soak the tainted garment in a bucket of cold water for 30 to 60 minutes; this will loosen any dry spray paint residue with moisture.

Step 2

Spot treat the stain with a commercial stain remover. Add a moderate dab of stain remover directly onto the stain. Allow the solution to penetrate the spray painted area for 30 minutes, or as directed on product label.

Step 3

Scrub the area gently with a soft brush. Work the brush in small circular motions to get the spray paint to fade out of the clothing fibers. Rinse the fabric under cold water.

Step 4

Add a moderate amount of hairspray -- specifically on dried spray paint -- or dab the area with a cotton swab dipped in nail polish remover if the stain remains. Scrub the area again in small circular motions with a soft brush, once the agent has penetrated the spot.

Step 5

Wash the garment in a washing machine, with the water setting on cold. Use a stain-fighting agent to best treat the area and so the stain will completely fade.

Step 6

Place the garment on a laundry line to allow it to air dry first. Once the garment dries and you notice the stain is gone, you may rewash the garment if you desire and dry the article of clothing in a dryer set on a low-to-medium temperature.

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