Oil Based Paint Removal from Clothing

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How can I remove oil based paint from clothing?

Oil Based Paint Removal from Clothing

To remove oil based paint from clothing, mineral spirits should remove the paint from most fabrics. Rub the stain with a clean white cloth dipped in mineral spirits until the paint is removed. Launder as usual. Do not use mineral spirits on delicate fabrics such as rayon or acetate.



8/16/2007 9:04:11 PM
Michaela said:

Thanks My Mum would kill me if she saw my uniform it worked good as new i reccomend it to everybody

8/24/2007 10:06:51 PM
Craig said:

I did a search and the most popular suggestion was using alcohol (rubbing alcohol, hand sanitizer or hairspray - most of which contain alcohol).

9/25/2007 9:39:35 AM
Terrie said:

I am a painter and oils are my media of choice - there is a commercial product called "Zout"
(?spelling?) it is in spray bottles or squeeze bottles in the laundry asile - again careful on delicate materials and it sometimes may take out some color so don't let it sit very long... a more user friendly product just plain old dawn soap works really well - any fragrance or whatever form you want - again it is the oil cutter and it works on paint without damaging material - rub it in well. ... yet another one is wet wipes -- yup - wet wipes with alcohol in them - even if it is dried, just keep scrubbing and using clean wipes and eventually it will get it out but these are great to have on hand so that at the time of the spill or when you get paint on you and it is still wet, you can get it right then and there with the wipes and maybe finish up any ghost remainder with the laundry treatments when washing. These wipes are great for everything - painting box of supplies, car, home, purse etc - just make sure they have alcohol in them - anything with oil will attract dirt to the spot making it worse but alcohol evaporates and leaves your spot clean without dirt. Hope this helps. :)

3/11/2009 1:22:27 PM
Sherrie' said:

I have found that alcohol is very good for taking out oil based and latex paint. I used to paint the inside of apartments and got paint of my clothing all the time, someone told me to use alcohol to get it out. Just put the alcohol on the paint spot, let sit for a few minutes and then use an old toothbrush or just rub, it has always worked for me. Afterwards just launder as usual.

9/27/2009 9:33:52 PM
Angie McKinney said:

My husband used mineral spirits to take out an oil based stain from his shirt (was staining a wood floor), but now I cannot get the smell of the mineral spirits out of his shirt.

10/21/2011 10:28:08 AM
Judy said:

White oil base paint on the front in the middle of my favorite red top. Mineral spirits removed the paint and did not strip the color from the top. GREAT TIP...THANKS


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