How To Remove Acrylic Paint Stain From Washable Fabrics

January 23, 2023

Are you an artist who's accidentally gotten acrylic paint on your favorite shirt or pants? Don't worry, all hope is not lost. We've got the step-by-step guide to remove those unsightly stains from your washable fabrics.


Various (depending on color)


A solid and opaque stain that comes in various colors, it has a smooth surface and dries quickly.


Hot (120° to 140°F)


Hot water helps to break down the paint and make it easier to remove.

The Science Behind Acrylic Paint Stains

Acrylic paint stains clothes because it is a water-based paint that contains pigments that can stick to fabric fibers. The pigments are insoluble in water, meaning they do not dissolve and can be left behind on fabric after the paint dries. The paint also contains a binder, which helps the pigments adhere to surfaces, further increasing the chances of staining. When the paint comes into contact with fabric, it can transfer some of these pigments and binders, leaving behind a discoloration or stain. To prevent acrylic paint from staining clothes, it is best to wear old clothing or an apron while painting and to rinse the paint off the clothing immediately after getting it on.

What You'll Need To Get Rid Of Acrylic Paint Stains

  • Acetone or nail polish remover
  • White vinegar
  • Baking soda
  • Laundry detergent
  • Stain remover

Step By Step Process To Remove Acrylic Paint Stains

  1. First, try to remove as much of the paint as possible by gently scraping it off with a spoon or butter knife.
  2. Next, apply acetone or nail polish remover to a cloth and gently rub it onto the stain. Be careful not to use too much as it can be harsh on some fabrics. If the fabric is not suitable for acetone or nail polish remover, skip this step.
  3. Mix a solution of equal parts white vinegar and water in a spray bottle. Spray the solution onto the stain and let it sit for a few minutes. Use a brush or cloth to gently scrub the stain.
  4. For any remaining stains, make a paste using baking soda and water. Apply the paste to the stain and let it sit for 15-20 minutes.
  5. After the baking soda paste has had time to sit, use a damp cloth to gently rub the paste off of the fabric. Rinse the fabric with warm water to remove any remaining baking soda.
  6. If the stain is still present, wash the garment with laundry detergent and let it dry. If the stain is still not completely removed, use a stain remover specifically designed for removing acrylic paint stains and follow the instructions on the product.

Please note that some fabrics may not be suitable for using acetone or nail polish remover, so it's important to test the solution on a small, inconspicuous area of the fabric first. Also, some products may be harsh for certain fabrics, so always check the label and do a patch test before using them.

In Brief

Acrylic paint can stain clothes because it contains pigments that stick to fabric fibers and a binder that helps them adhere. To remove the stain, scrape off excess paint, use acetone or nail polish remover, mix white vinegar and water and scrub, make a paste with baking soda and water, use laundry detergent and stain remover specifically for acrylic paint stains. Always test on small inconspicuous area before using and check the label for suitability.

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