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How to Get Oil-Based Paint Out of Your Clothes

Updated on March 3, 2015
No matter how careful you are, there's a chance you'll get paint where you don't want it
No matter how careful you are, there's a chance you'll get paint where you don't want it | Source

Introduction

If you're interested in home improvement or painting, the chances are that you've accidentally spilled paint on your clothes more than once.

Whereas latex paint and emulsion can be washed out of clothes with water, it's more tricky to remove stains caused by oil-based, alkyd and enamel paints. Providing you act quickly though, you can rescue clothes that have been damaged by these types of paint.

Find out how in this practical article.

Don't cry over spilled paint
Don't cry over spilled paint | Source

To get the paint out you will need to use a solvent of some kind. Typical solvents that can remove oil-based paints include turpentine, white spirit, acetone and paint thinner.

You should apply the solvent immediately after you get the paint on your clothes as once the paint has dried it will be almost impossible to remove. Here are the steps you need to follow:

  1. Use a clean, lint-free cotton or linen cloth.
  2. Add a little of the solvent to the cloth.
  3. Dab the affected area of the clothes with the cloth.
  4. Continue to add solvent to the cloth and dabbing the clothes until you see the stain start to break up.
  5. Get some laundry detergent.
  6. Thoroughly work the laundry detergent into the clothes.
  7. Get a bowl of hot water.
  8. Submerge the clothes in the hot water.
  9. Leave the clothes in the water overnight.
  10. Next day, put the clothes in your washing machine and launder them as normal.

You'll need to act quick;y if you get paint on your clothes
You'll need to act quick;y if you get paint on your clothes | Source

Have you been able to get paint out of clothes?

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Although this process isn't guaranteed to get oil-based paint out of your clothes, it does have a good chance of working.

This means that you won't have to throw your clothes away and can enjoy your next home improvement project.

How to remove paint from clothes

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