Whether it's water- or oil-based, removing splattered paint from shoes is a difficult task that can get even tougher depending on the type of material the shoes are made of. If the shoes are new, an old favorite or an expensive pair, it may be worth the effort it takes to attempt paint removal. Patience and persistence, in addition to the right cleaning materials, are the secrets to success.
Removing Paint From Shoes
Fabric or Canvas Shoes
Removing paint from suede shoes is the most difficult, but the treatment is the same for oil-based or water-based paint stains.
Things You'll Need
Clean toothbrush or shoe brush
Step 1: Blot Wet Paint
Remove as much of the wet paint as possible by blotting gently with a clean cloth.
Step 2: Clean With Soap
Mix a small amount of dish soap in warm water to create foaming bubbles and suds. Scoop up the soap suds and place them on the paint, rubbing them in gently with a clean cloth to remove the paint. Wipe with a dry cloth and allow to dry completely.
Step 3: Erase
Step 4: Dry Brush
Step 5: File
Run a fingernail file or fine-grit -- 220 or higher -- sandpaper over the spot gently to remove remaining paint.
Step 6: Dry Brush
Brush with a shoe brush or dry toothbrush to lift and restore the nap.