October 11, 2013

How to Remove Paint From Jeans

Happy Friday!

Who's excited to learn about removing paint from their jeans? You, in the back, I see you raising your hand! ;)





This isn't a ground-breaking tip but it's one I didn't know prior to last night so I thought I'd share it with you in case you're unaware as well!



At some point when I was painting our kitchen island, I got a little latex paint on the knee area of my jeans:



I didn't notice it until I had finished painting and was getting ready for bed. I was too tired to do anything about it then so I waited to remove it.

I used rubbing alcohol and some good old fashioned elbow grease to remove the paint:



I did this in my garage so I wouldn't get rubbing alcohol on anything inside. If you're doing this inside, cover the area you're working in with something because the alcohol soaks right through the jeans and gets whatever is underneath them wet.

I started by pouring a small amount of rubbing alcohol on each of the dried paint drops/smears:



I let it sit for about a minute and then I used a paper towel to scrub each spot:



Denim is a pretty tough fabric but be careful not to rub too hard or you might wear out the material and end up having to patch your jeans after you've removed the paint ;)

I had to dip my paper towel into the alcohol a couple of times to get the larger spot out but my jeans ended up paint free!



I tossed them in the wash after the remaining alcohol had evaporated.

My jeans are dark wash jeans so I did notice a little bit of ink loss around the area where the paint was (you can kind of see what I'm talking about in the photo above). It's not very noticeable at all, it just looks like the knee area of my jeans is a bit worn. If you think the ink loss will bother you, test the rubbing alcohol in an inconspicuous place on your jeans (waist band, inner thigh area, etc.) to see what happens to them before you apply it to the dried paint.

Have you ever gotten paint on your jeans? How did you remove it?

Note: the paint that I removed from my jeans was latex paint. I'm not sure if this will work for oil-based paints so proceed with caution if you're trying to remove oil-based paint from your jeans! I don't want to be held responsible if they catch on fire or something haha

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21 comments

  1. Mind = blown

    I had no idea about this! This is super helpful!

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  2. LOL, I needed this, you have no clue. I just got done with a coat of paint in my daughter's room and I was bitching about me getting it all over my clothes. Too lazy to change!

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    1. Haha that's the worst! Hopefully this will help you out! :)

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  3. HOW HAVE I NEVER KNOWN THIS? I have many an item of clothing that should have been saved.

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    1. I didn't know either haha I felt like I had been living under a rock!

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  4. Woah! Thanks for sharing!!! Do you know if this works on other fabrics as well?

    Jenn @ HomeStyleReport

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    1. It should! I would test them first just to be safe and adjust how hard you scrub the paint depending on the delicacy of the fabric. I'd hate for you to end up with holey clothes :)

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  5. I'm in the how did I not know this group, thank you!! I've ruined some yoga pants this way too, will try on them as well. Pinning!

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  6. i am with gabbi - my mind has been blown. wow.

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  7. Oh my word, where has this been all my life! Thanks for the tip...I do this way too often. #messyklutz

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  8. Who knew? I have about 10 pairs of painting clothes, because I never wear the same ones each time I paint. It's a problem.

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  9. I had no idea that worked so well. Great tip! I just recently had to upgrade my 12 year old painter's pants because they ripped as I was squatting to paint something. whoops.

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  10. Wait. So y'all clean the paint off of your pants?

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  11. Wait. So y'all clean the paint off of your pants?

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  13. For what it's worth, coming from the queen of paint sloppiness, a soft toothbrush works well, too, for working the paint out of the fabric! I also will place an old towel or paper towel behind the fabric and pour a bit of alcohol through to help rinse the paint particles out of the fabric. Thank goodness for rubbing alcohol! :-P

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  14. so need to know this, thanks. i have paint over so much of my clothes.
    thanks!

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  15. Professional housepainter here. No, the alcohol won't work on oil-based paints. It makes sense to not only HAVE a set of paint clothes, but USE them. I can't paint in good clothes because I can't relax enough to do a good job. I know eventually I'll drip or splatter on whatever I wear. Heck, I won't even open a bottle of bleach unless I'm in clothing I don't care about. Yeah, I look a wreck until I leave the house.

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  17. I have tried both the hairspray and alcohol method, to no avail on various clothes. I am not sure if I'm doing something wrong or what, but I have seen VERY little change.... (note: all clothes have gone through a wash and dry cycle and still no change, either)

    For the hairspray I will spray a very, very good amount and then start to vigorously scrub with both a toothbrush and Scotch-Brite Scrub Sponge, sometimes use my nail. In between I will wash super hot water over the area and re-spray. I did this more than 20 times and saw VERY little, if any change.

    For the alcohol I poor a very good amount until the paint stain is soaked in it and let it sit a bit, after I scrub with the same tools as I did for the hairspray. Alcohol was applied MANY times and little came off, if any paint.

    As a last resort I tried both hairspray and alcohol at the same time, spraying hairspray and then pouring alcohol on, still little to no change.... (when both were applied the pants had been soaked in very hot water thinking it may create a stronger reaction of removal, nope)

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