Asked on Dec 17, 2016

How can I get this paint off of my coat?

Lea Grossman
by Lea Grossman
  34 answers
  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Dec 17, 2016

    Is the paint latex or oil based?

  • William William on Dec 17, 2016

    I would try Goof Off or WD40. Pour on the stain, let it sit to soften the paint. Use a credit card to scrape the paint off. Then blot with a clean cloth and wash. You can also try automotive hand cleaner, like Goop.

  • Vicky Swycinsky Vicky Swycinsky on Dec 17, 2016

    You might try alcohol, not the drinking kind tho.

  • Kat7604057 Kat7604057 on Dec 18, 2016

    Put Tide detergent directly on the stains while coat & paint are dry....let in sit like that at least a few hours then wash in machine like you normally would. Make sure stain is out before you dry it. If stain isn't out repeat the process. It may take 3 times but has worked for me in the past.

  • Lta12474743 Lta12474743 on Dec 18, 2016

    You can try Lestoil.

  • Mary Montry Mary Montry on Dec 18, 2016

    try "awesome" from the dollar store

    • Tdr10797007 Tdr10797007 on Dec 21, 2016

      Our house burned down in 02. This stuff is really awesome ! It cleaned everything ! Removed the soot ( and unless you have a fire you have no idea how hard this stuff is to get off anything!) from glassware. Wood furniture, ceramics, clothes and anything else. It truley is AWSOME! Saved most of our belongings.

  • Wanda.ll Wanda.ll on Dec 19, 2016

    My mother always used Vodka (liquior ) to take out pain in everything including dried up paint in brushes.

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    • Karol Tarkowski Karol Tarkowski on Dec 22, 2016

      sounds like a good idea, out behind the barn, n while sipping you could watch for results...

  • Sophia,M.,McConnery Sophia,M.,McConnery on Dec 19, 2016

    Put it in the freezer for a bit.Take a putty knife and carefully scrape it off!

  • Deb Deb on Dec 19, 2016

    Be crafty and make it look tidyed ad more paint

  • Annette Martin Turner Annette Martin Turner on Dec 20, 2016

    try a soaking in a good brush cleaner. I had 'ruined' a brand new pair of dress pants and saved them with a soak. after it is softened used a stiff denture brush to get the last little bit off that was in the seam area.

  • Happy Powell Happy Powell on Dec 20, 2016

    Just paint more on it, use a stencil,freehand or even silkscreen, that's what I always do.or sew patches,or cover the back with a piece of material.

  • Kid Kid on Dec 20, 2016

    krud kutter

  • Krusafx Jenkins Krusafx Jenkins on Dec 21, 2016

    Superzilla takes paint off of everything!! Spray it on both sides of the paint, and or rub it in so it can saturate, let sit . If dry paint, a few hours, if wet, it takes it right out like magic. When paint is off, or mostly off, wash by hand first with something like dawn dish detergent, then launder as normal. I got paint on my daughter's coat while painting the living room, and it all came out . Black n hot pink coat. :)

  • Tdr10797007 Tdr10797007 on Dec 21, 2016

    Try Goof Off, you can find it at any paint supply store. This stuff is also great for removing gum. It dissolves it before your eyes.

  • Irene Irene on Dec 21, 2016

    Acetone is my hero for getting paint and many other stains out. For a small job like your jacket, check your nail polish remover as most removers contain mostly acetone. Put the acetone on a cloth, apply to the stain & let it sit for a moment, and use the cloth or a brush to remove the paint. Launder when done. Good luck.

  • Sally Dolin Sally Dolin on Dec 21, 2016

    I'm a believer in lacquer thinner for those nylon type coats, the fabric doesn't bleed and it takes paint/grease etc. right out. Wash afterwards if you don't want to smell. Oh yes, try in an inconspicuous place first like on the inside of the jacket hem to be sure your fabric isn't going to let go of it's color.

  • Sherry Swayze Sherry Swayze on Dec 21, 2016

    There are some good suggestions listed above. However, none are guarenteed. It's all subjective, depending on several factors. When I get paint on clothing that is special to me, and I don't want to take a chance of ruining it, I immediately take it to my cleaners. Tell the cleaner what kind of paint it is & they always get the paint out, as long as I don't mess with it before I bring it to them. Some cleaning chemicals will do the opposite as intended. If you rub the paint or use the wrong chemical on it, you can permanently set the stain. Also, the material that the paint is set on, makes a difference what kind of solvent is needed to remove the stain/paint. Such as, if the paint is on a silk garment, if you use the wrong type of solvent, the paint will come off but, so will the color of the garment. I'm not a dry cleaning expert mind you. Those people go to a drying cleaning school to learn how and what to use on various different stains and fabrics. But, I am an artist who has taken many college art courses that have taught me a few things such as, Take it to the expert if the garment is important. Also important, I always take my clothing to the cleaners as soon as possible. The longer the paint is on the fabric, the less chance it has to being removed. I hope this helps.

  • James James on Dec 21, 2016

    WD40 did the trick for me a couple times.

  • Touchedpainter Touchedpainter on Dec 21, 2016

    If it is alkyd paint (oil based) you can't. The solvents for alkyd paint are way too toxic, & a hugh health risk to use on clothing, especially so near the face. I am a comm. paint contractor of 40 +yrs & I have had to clean up after my employees enough. If it is acrylic/latex (water based) paint, we use denatured alcohol, that is just a higher percentage of isopropyl than regular rubbing alcohol which also works in a pinch. Soak it on, let it set. I use a tooth brush to scrub just the paint part while adding copious amounts of alcohol. Depending on how thick the paint is will depend on the length of time it takes. Let the alcohol do the work. Take container for just the size of the affercted area to soak in; even if it is over night. Let the alcohol DO THE WORK. And it doesn't matter how old the stain is nor if it has been laundered & dried, Isopropyl works the same on new or old paint stains. Then throw it in with the next laundry. There will be NO lingering odor either. ALL other paint solvents are over kill, & you might never get rid of the smell. Same with over-paint on the walls or carpeting etc. For water clean up paint ONLY Isopropyl should ever be used, ONLY isopropyl

  • Touchedpainter Touchedpainter on Dec 21, 2016

    WD40 is toxic & won't touch acrylic paint. And Acetone & Lacquer thinner & Goof off are not allowed on my work sites, & should never be used indoors & not on something so close to the face. It amazes me how so many laymen know just enough to be dangerous. People need to research their products. Just because it is on a store shelf, that doesn't mean it is safe to bring into the house to use. We need to research the toxicity of what we bring into the house. There are so many common household remedies that are green & won't harm the kids & pets, & work fantastic & safe. Just Google for safe solutions & concoctions.

    • James James on Dec 23, 2016

      I have checked on WD-40. The basic ingredient is FISH OIL. I have used it for different things It removes paint from my hands when I don't have gloves to wear.

  • Barb Gimbel Barb Gimbel on Dec 22, 2016

    Do be careful with acetone. Some fabrics will shrivel/wrinkle or even melt from it. Acetone melts acrylic nails so in theory it should remove acrylic paints. That just doesn't mean the fabric will hold out.

  • Janet Hathcock Janet Hathcock on Dec 22, 2016

    I had a beautiful Angora sweater with blue/pink hearts that I got dark green enamel paint on the sleeves years ago...

    It sat for several months then someone suggested I used Lestoil to remove the paint.. It came out with no stains. Just a little soaking.

  • Lindy Lindy on Dec 22, 2016

    Goo Gone makes a latex paint remover in a spray bottle that works beautifully on clothing. It is made specifically for latex paint so if your paint turns out to be oil based, it may not work.

  • Bobbie Bobbie on Dec 22, 2016

    I have used this on carpets many times when painting and it works!!! I spray a little 409 carpet cleaner on the spot, let it set for a few minutes and it comes right out of the carpet. Maybe it'll work on your jacket.......

  • Ivycrafter Ivycrafter on Dec 22, 2016

    Long ago, my college art instructor told me that if a mistake was made on an art project, I should just use the mistake. Why not use this mistake to make the jacket unique? You could add other paint colors in the same basic design to add interest to the jacket. I bet you would get many comments and compliments.

  • Zot364936 Zot364936 on Dec 23, 2016

    rubbing alcohol and a tooth brush for latex. Oil base paint requires a solvent which can damage fabric.

  • 3cookies 3cookies on Dec 24, 2016

    Windex and patience...i removed fingernail polish from my carpet...felt like a

  • Key Sorrell Key Sorrell on Jan 23, 2017

    .If your coat is washable get some degreaser the stuff you use in the garage wo ckean your hands with all the black grease, I think it's called GUNK, to get all the gunk off . It truly works wonders. Rub some on the paint, put it on pretty thick , rub it into the paint and let it sit overnight. I keep one in the laundry room now,because hubby saidthe one in the garade keeps dissapearing , just don' know where it is. TeeHee

  • Krusafx Jenkins Krusafx Jenkins on Jan 24, 2017

    Superzilla. Hardware store has it, got mine at aco or ace, can't remember which, but if it is latex, I know it will come out. It is non toxic. I used it to take off spray from spray paint off kitchen cabinets, and it did it without harming the cabinets. I also had a paint stick fall on my daughter's coat, and it came out of her jacket. I rubbed it in, until the paint looked lighter, then washed. I would put it on your paint on the coat, let sit, and then scrub. I don't know how long it will take to loosen dried paint, but I would give it at least 30 to 40 minutes. If that doesn't take it out, spray again, rub again, let sit again. This stuff is amazing!

  • Jeannie Carle Jeannie Carle on Feb 09, 2017

    I love all these ideas, and will save them all. They way I've done it is soak the spot in either dawn dish soap or laundry soap - after it's soaked well, I put some more on and scrub it with my fingernails or a wire brush - be careful of the fabric with that brush. Sometimes I've had to do it more than once, but so far it's worked for me.

  • Irene Gronewald Irene Gronewald on Feb 12, 2017

    krud cutter walmart...home depot...states it removes paint from clothes..i used it a lot while re habbing...scrub it in with tooth brush let sit a bit was warm or hot...may take a couple times...cost around 7.00 last time i bought it...

  • Mark Alberhasky Mark Alberhasky on Mar 02, 2021

    Isopropyl alcohol just worked like magic, taking white latex paint off the nylon fabric of a goose down jacket. No soaking or brush required. I just wet a rag hand towel with a fingertip sized blot of alcohol and gently (but firmly) brushed the paint. Voila! It came off as easy as dirt with water, and dried very quickly since alcohol evaporates in a jiffy. Great tip to know!

  • Brenda Moneypenny Brenda Moneypenny on May 11, 2024

    I just got white primer paint on my new hunter green cotton sweater today.

    After reading all of the comments prior to mine, I chose to try to remove the primer with regular rubbing alcohol and a dry denture brush. I was pleasantly surprised hope quickly and easily the primer came off of my sweater. Non trace of the paint. and the seater still looks new! The alcohol is safe for the fabric.

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on May 12, 2024

    Have you tried soaking it and then washing it. It might just peel off. If not make a feature of it, by painting on more or covering with a latge Patch or fabric design embtoidered on maybe.