How Do You Remove Paint From Rubber?

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Paint should be softened with warm water before scraping it off a rubber surface. To remove the paint, you need a clean sponge, a rag, warm water, a mild detergent, rubbing alcohol, and a scraper, a toothbrush or steel wool. The time required to remove the paint depends upon the size of the painted area.

  1. Use a sponge to wet the paint

    Dip a sponge into warm water. Rub the painted area with the sponge in a gentle, circular motion, applying slight pressure to the area so that the water soaks into the paint.

  2. Scrape the paint off the rubber

    Gently scrape the edges of the paint spot using your fingernail, a toothbrush, a scraper or steel wool. Select the tool depending upon how difficult the paint is to remove. Begin by scraping with your fingernail, progressing to more abrasive tools if needed. Be careful not to scratch the rubber.

  3. Cleanse the area

    Wash away the paint flakes with a warm, soapy rag. Dry the area.

  4. Apply rubbing alcohol to any remaining spots

    Inspect the area for any remaining paint. Dip the corner of a cloth in rubbing alcohol, wiping away any persistent paint spots. Wash the area with warm, soapy water. Rinse the area well, and allow it to dry.