I'm a professional painter by trade and sometimes a spill happens and it gets paint on my work pants. How can I remove at least some of it with a home remedy? My painters paints cost $20 to $30 a pair and I have to look somewhat professional and clean so if I can get some of the paint out so I don't have to keep buying painters whites, it would save me a ton of money each year.

I have a brand new pair I destroyed yesterday when my fall protection lanyard rubbed on some wet Shercryl and now my new pants are ruined. Any good ideas would be highly appreciated. Thank you.

  • I always assumed the more paint colors on a painters' pants the busier he/she was. Which translates to him/her being a better painter. – mikes Apr 5 '18 at 20:54
  • The reason you wear painters whites is so that you can get paint on them and not your good clothes. ( non work clothes ) Paint them white once in while. Can a painter without paint on their pants be trusted? – Alaska Man May 1 '19 at 20:14

Lucky you. I've had to try to clean spots out with $80/gal reducer.

When I work in such a readily available and cheap solvent, I take the garment off immediately, get the whole garment soaking wet, work it in a sink if possible, and bag it. Then wash it within 8 hours or so. Should recover nicely.

Letting it dry is the mistake. This wrecks the fibers. You'll never get dried paint of of the fibers.

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Alcohol is a well-known cleaning agent for dried latex paint. The solvents in commercial latex paint removers are various types of alcohols, but you can use isopropyl -- or rubbing -- alcohol as well as denatured alcohol from the paint store. You may also have luck removing dried paint stains from furniture and floors using a dilute solution of ammonia and water. Moreover, soap and water often help loosen the bond of the paint from the surface it's adhered to when you want to remove the paint.

Always test the solvent you're going to use on the substrate to which the paint adheres before using it, to make sure it won't damage the finish or the surface itself. This is particularly important if you're trying to remove paint from plastic. If the solvent is safe, you can proceed.


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