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Is acrylic paint harder to remove than latex paint from clothes?

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Removing latex paint from clothing is more complicated and time-consuming than removing acrylic paint. Many acrylic paint stains dissolve in water, but latex paint requires treatment with dish soap and commercial stain remover. Latex paint-stained garments also need to be laundered.

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Oil-based paint stains require unique treatment and are impossible to remove once the paint dries. The removal process begins with removing unabsorbed surface paint by scraping and wiping it. The stain should then be placed face-down on a clean white cloth and daubed with turpentine on the back side of the fabric. White spirits also work. After the paint disappears, the stained area must be scrubbed with laundry detergent, soaked overnight and then laundered.

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