How To Remove Spray Paint? 5 Home Made Tips & Tricks!


Spray paint is an aerosol version of paint put in a pressurized container. You may use it for your fun little DIY decoration projects at home or paint your yard fence. Maybe some no-good hooligan vandalized your car while you had it parked. In situations like these, just using water will not work, and now you want to know how to remove spray paint, so I have this easy guide for you.

You can try the mentioned tips to remove spray paint at home with ingredients you will have to lie around your house. Time is the most important criterion in removing paint as the fresher the coat of paint; the better are your chances of getting it out. 

If you need to remove the paint, but a long time has passed since it was put on, consider getting professional help. There are a lot of dedicated products made to remove paint, but they are either expensive, or you may not have immediate access to them at home.

Let’s see what you can do to get the spray paint out in the article below quickly.

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How To Remove Spray Paint At Home Easily With DIY Hacks?

If you get paint on yourself or on clothes thankfully the damage done isn’t permanent. It will require lots of your elbow grease to rub the color out. To spare yourself so much effort and stress, remember the important factor is always time. Act quickly and you will be able to salvage yourself pretty quickly. Now let’s check out the ways in which you can do this by.

How To Remove Spray Paint From Your Hands Or Skin? No More Colorful Hands

How To Remove Spray Paint?

For those who are artsy and creative, spray paint is a good product to use since it’s quick and dries fast. However, accidents can happen, and you may end up getting spray paint on your hands or somewhere else on your skin. The best way to remove spray paint from your skin will be to wash it immediately.

It helps to know whether the paint is water-based or oil-based. For that, you may check the container. If it’s water-based, apply some dishwashing soap over the area and rub it gently until you feel the paint coming off. Rinse your skin with water to remove the remaining part.

If simply rubbing doesn’t work, get a soft towel and gently rub the affected area for a few minutes. Alternatively, you can use a soft brush too.

If the spray paint is oil-based, then grab some oil from the kitchen and massage it over your hands or the skin affected by the spray paint. Let it absorb for a couple of minutes. Then rinse with water. If you feel it still hasn’t fully worked, repeat it for the second time.

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How To Remove Spray Paint From Clothes? Don’t Let Them Stain Forever!

How To Remove Spray Paint?

You were sprayed painting your bookshelf with your favorite color but got it onto your clothes as well. Now what? 

Quickly run to the bathroom and put the affected area of your clothes under running water. DO NOT rub it. That will drive the paint particles into the clothing fabric. Wait until you see the water has run clear, then rinse off the remaining paint. You can use any dishwashing soap to get the rest of the paint out, which should work like a charm.

If the paint has dried out and you found out too late, first scrape off the dried bits. Then soak it in some nail polish remover. If you don’t have that available at home, try hair spray. Any alcohol-based product will do. 

Let it settle for a bit, then run it through some water and repeat the same process the second time if there is some residue left.

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How To Remove Spray Paint From Shoes? Keep Them Fresh And Crisp and Away From Danger

How To Remove Spray Paint?

Like getting the paint on your clothes is possible, so is getting the paint over your shoes. The important thing here is how quickly you see it and what you do about it.

If you have spray paint on your shoes, the best way to remove it will be to put the affected area of your shoes underwater. Again, DO NOT rub it just yet. Doing that will push the paint into the shoes and make it harder to get out. Dab some alcohol-based solution over the shoes and let it soak for a bit. Wipe it with a soft cloth. It will be easier to do if the paint is fresh. 

If you’ve caught it quite late, repeat the same process as above but use a more pure form of alcohol or some paint thinner. Remember to use a scraper or a plastic knife to remove the dried bits first.

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How To Remove Spray Paint From Glass? Easily Get Rid Of Over Sprays

How To Remove Spray Paint?

Removing spray paint from glass is probably the easiest of all. All you need is a damp cloth to get rid of the paint, especially if it’s wet. If the paint has dried off, grab a nail polish remover and dab it on the cloth you just got. Now get scrubbing, and the paint should loosen and come off in no time.

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How To Remove Spray Paint From A Car? How To Save Your Precious Ride

How To Remove Spray Paint?

This one is probably the worst. How badly affected your car is will depend on how you got the spray paint on it. If it’s an accidental overspray the damage is likely to be less, but if someone did on purpose to you then, it’s a matter of luck whether you can salvage it yourself or need to get detailed help.

Grab a microfiber towel and put some isopropyl alcohol or nail polish remover on it. (Note: Don’t pour it directly onto your car, you only want it to work on the painted area) Hold the towel over the spray paint for some time, so it loosens a bit. Then scrub it. Use gentle strokes so as not to damage the paint underneath. 

The paint should slowly start to come off. Keep repeating until you see nothing left, and then wash your car with water. 

If you have spray paint on the plastic bits of your car or the chrome grilling, you can first try using the same solutions again. In case these don’t work you will need commercially made wax that is made specifically for the purpose of paint removal.  This can easily be found at your local car cleaner’s workshop.

If the damage is too much, I suggest taking help from professional car cleaners as they have automated pressure washers that will do the trick. Getting thick coats of paint off from a car will not be easy and cannot possibly be done at home without causing damage to the paint of the car underneath. It’s better to get the job done by experts in this situation.

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Final Words

If you’re working with spray paint, it is bound to get on you or the things around you. This should not stop you from doing new things. It has happened so many times to me, so I created this little guide on removing spray paint. The above-mentioned tips are ones I know of, but there can be so many more. If you know of a better or a smarter way, then let me know in the comments below so that I will have an alternate solution for the next time.

Abdul Mukeet
Abdul Mukeet
Two things define Abdul Mukeet. His love for literature and his love for food. He likes to indulge in the best versions of both of them. When he is not writing for Viebly, you can find him cooped up in a corner with a good book in his hand and a cat in his lap. Oh, yeah, he loves cats too. His interests lie in psychology and knowing what makes humans click. That is what he wants his writings to look be like too. Something that readers can click with. One day he will be an established author, till then, you can find him on Twitter tweeting lame puns and making unfunny jokes.


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