How to Remove Dried Latex Paint from Clothing!

In: Miscellaneous Tutorials

Unfortunately, painting has become a “hobby” of mine.  I put “hobby” in air quotes because I feel like a hobby is something you like to do in your free time, but I don’t like to paint.  In fact I hate it.  I really just try to fit it in here and there whenever I can.  That sometimes means I’m not always wearing the right “painting clothes.”  You know, the sweats you’ve had since college that look like Jackson Pollock went ape crazy on those bad boys.

In fact, this particular oopsey, I was wearing my blue jacket which I still love… :(  It’s not in the best shape, but I still don’t want big paint stains on it!  I have a little dignity…  Who am I kidding…even if I didn’t get it out, I would still wear it.

latex paint on jacket


latex paint spot
Well, this is how I saved it…
You need some rubbing alcohol, some alcohol gel and a scrub brush.
alcohol, alcohol gel, brush
First, I dumped some rubbing alcohol on the spot and let it sit for about 3 minutes.
latex paint spot with alcohol
Then, I scrubbed the bejezus out of it with the brush.  Dumped a little more, repeat.  After it seamed like the alcohol wasn’t doing anything anymore, on a whim, I switched gears to hand sanitizer.  It worked for spots on my microfiber sofa, why not my jacket…  Scrubbed some more.
This is what it looked like after all the scrubbing.
scrubbing latex paint spot
Huge improvement.  The white isn’t from the paint, but the scrubbing.  My jacket is like a canvas so it’s pretty tough.
I threw it in the washer and said a little prayer.  Here is the finished product.
blue jacket
jacket with latex paint spot

Not bad :)

Oh crap.  I missed a spot.



latex paint spot on fabric