Art and Craft



When you paint something and accidentally get paint on yourself, you are worried and think that does acrylic paint wash off? So let me tell you that it does! No need to worry about the stains, but in some cases, it does not wash off, so be careful about the instructions and follow the given guides.

If acrylic paint dries on your cloth, it is challenging to remove it. The best time to remove the stain when the paint is still wet is to remove your shirt simultaneously when you know that you get a stain of acrylic paint.

First, you should remove the thick paint and rinse it under the water. Apply undiluted detergent on the stain and scrub it with your hand or brush. Then put your shirt as it is in the washing machine and wash it with warm water. If your stain gets off from the cloth so just let your shirt dry. If you are not happy with your shirt, so repeat the process until the paint gets off.

The result depends on your cloth because light color clothes are difficult to remove stain than darker; it relies on fabric.

How to Remove Dry Acrylic Paint from Clothes?

Water Based Paint Pens

As I told above, when the paint dries, it is difficult to remove it from the cloth. Some artists use denatured alcohol to remove stubborn acrylic stains as it works the best for these types of stains.

Take alcohol on the cotton or cloth; hold it on the stains for a minute. Rub it in a circular motion until it lifts if the paint is light so you can hold for 30 to 40 seconds. Then use a little wet and soapy cloth to clean the area free of the alcohol.

This method is risky. I will not suggest you follow this method, do it at your own risk because it may damage your cloth or the cloth’s color.

How to Easily Remove Wet Acrylic Paint from Clothing?


When you get the stain of paint on your shirt, immediately catch before it dries. Change your shirt quickly and apply the given steps rapidly.

  • The straight forward method to remove the acrylic paint stains when you catch it while the paint is still wet. Start to wash the stained area with warm water then gently sponge it with a mixture of one part dishwashing liquid and warm water. Don’t use hot water as hot water because heat may set the paint on the fabric.
  • On the stain, apply the laundry detergent and scrub it with brush don’t use brush forcefully, you can use an old toothbrush for this method. After this use wash your cloth in a washing machine.
  • You can put your stained cloth into the washing machine with full-strength laundry detergent with warm water.
  • When you get a stain on your shirt, try not to spread the acrylic paint on other areas. First, try to clean the excess paint, then you can easily handle the stain with warm water.
  • When you paint you probably have a mug of water or water spray bottle, so when you get stain dip the stained part into the water then let it wash with detergent. Make sure that you keep the stain wet while you are working on it.

· When you wash the cloth, don’t dry it completely because once your shirt gets dry, it is difficult to remove the stain.

Does Acrylic Paint Wash off Wood and Plastic Surfaces?


Once acrylic paint has dried on a wood surface or plastic surface, it is difficult to remove, but there are some ways to get it off these kinds of surface.

  1. The first thing you should do after getting the stain, take a paper towel and clean water wipe the surrounding areas and the dried paint until it gets off completely.
  2. Take a towel and pour the vegetable oil onto it. Hold the towel against the stain for a minute. When the stain begins to lose then wipe the oiled towel on the stain until as much paint as come off, then clean the area with a dry clean towel.
  3. Acrylic paint is water-based, and it can remove easily from wood using various methods. You can remove both dry and wet paint using soap, warm water, rubbing alcohol, and a heat gun.

Note: Don’t use a knife or sharpie things on wood and plastic as it may permanently scratch on these surfaces.

What about Upholstery and Carpet?


If your upholstery and carpet get stains, what should you do, as you can’t put them into the washing machine? So read the given instructions below and follow them.

  1. You can use a knife to take off the acrylic paint a butter knife can also be used that will not make cuts in the carpet and or fabric. You can also remove it with something with hard edges.
  2. Take a big bucket full of water with warm water, don’t use cold or too hot water. It may permanently set the stain.
  3. Take laundry detergent or dishwashing liquid, add it into the water until water is soapy.
  4. Take the clean piece of cloth to dampen it in warm soapy water, place the fabric on the stained area don’t rub it, it may spread in other areas. When the stain is getting off, do this method 2 to 3 times until it ultimately gets off.

5. Then keep your carpet or sofa in the sunlight to dry.

How Can I Remove Dried Acrylic Paint from Wall?

  1. If the stain is wet and you get it, you can easily remove it take a damp cloth with warm water and rub it in a circular motion, the stain will get off quickly. If the stain is not removing with simple water, use any washing detergent and clean it.
  2. Rubbing alcohol, also known as isopropyl alcohol, is an effective way to remove the wall’s dried acrylic paint. It may damage your wall color too.
  3. Not usually, mostly if it was a matte surface that grabbed the paint. But you can peel it off if the wall has a glossy surface.
  4. If the stain is more prominent and more challenging it is difficult to take it off, in this case, you can use the butter knife or something with hard edges, scratch the stained area completely.
  5. Every wall color is different in quality, so the given guides may work differently in all cases.

Will Vinegar Remove Acrylic Paint?


Vinegar is a cheap and easy way to remove the acrylic paint from windows and other hard surfaces. It is most important that vinegar is environmentally and economically friendly, and it removes the stubborn stain with absolutely no dangerous chemical or toxic fumes.

Some Final Words

If you are a beginner and want to paint something, try to wear an apron. Don’t get your stain dry if the stain gets dries follow the above methods I hope they will work for you. If the paint is wet that is good for you. It has more chances to take off all the stubborn stains from cloth, wood, plastic, upholstery, etc.

I hope my article you don’t hesitate to play with colors, and fill your life with different colors.

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