How Do You Remove Dry Olympic Paint From Clothing?


Quick Answer

Because most Olympic paints are water based, they are easier to remove from clothing than oil-based paints. However, it is not always possible to remove all Olympic paint stains from clothes.

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  1. Act quickly

    Try to remove as much paint from the clothing as possible before it dries. If you see the spot, rinse from the back to the front.

  2. Remove excess paint

    If the paint is already dry when you find it, use a blunt object, such as a butter knife, to scrape it from the top of the fabric. Don't try to use a toothbrush to scrub it away. The bristles are too soft to remove the paint but are stiff enough to soften the top surface and cause the stain to spread. Place a piece of tape, such as extra-sticky duct tape, over the paint, and pull it away sharply. The adhesive on the tape pulls away the paint.

  3. Use alcohol

    Rubbing alcohol emulsifies the latex that forms the base of the paint. Once you liquefy the paint, plain water rinses the pigments and stain away. If you are away from home or do not have access to rubbing alcohol, hand sanitizer or hair spray are other good options for emulsifying the pigment.

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