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« on: March 15, 2007 08:40:55 PM »

I went to my painting class this afternoon, wearing a pair of pants that I had just (as in, five minutes before I left the house) finished altering to fit me properly, and when I got home I discovered that someone had spilled a lot of white paint on the stool that I sat on.  Needless to say, I am furious.  Unfortunately, since it was a three hour painting class, and I didn't discover it until I got home, it had already mostly dried.  My mom and I went into emergency scrubbing mode, and tried everything from dishsoap to paint thinner on them, but to no avail.  I know I shouldn't care so much, since until I reconned them they were junk pants anyway, but I'm more than a little disappointed that I put that much time into fixing them and now I'll never get to wear them again anyway.  So I charge you, the legion of crafsters:  Is there any way to get white paint (presumably acrylic, although it could also be gesso or latex) out of polyester?  Or should I just toss them out and try to get on with my life?
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« Reply #1 on: March 15, 2007 08:55:59 PM »

The best thing I can think of is paint thinner. It might fade the pants though. But blotting paint thinner on the pants into a paper towel(to soak up the paint) might work. I feel you pain. I once sat on gum during lunch and after the whole hour got up to realize my pant were stuck to the cement.

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« Reply #2 on: March 16, 2007 06:52:27 AM »

paint thinner will not work for acrylic paint.
Try acetone (might discolour the fabric though), or go to a paint store (as in house paint) and get "goo gone" or something like that, ask the paint store employees, I believe methyl hydrate is the active ingredient.
If it hasn't cured (takes about a month for water based paints) you could still get this out,
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« Reply #3 on: March 16, 2007 10:28:04 AM »

I had a similar situation in junior high art class, when two boys were goofing off and one of them tripped and spilled a pallate full of acrylic paint allover my really cool jean jacket (being a junior high aged kid I was devastated).  My mom was able to get it all off using spray and wash, it took about 8 washings though (spraying it and letting it soak every time).  Good Luck!

« Reply #4 on: March 16, 2007 11:55:46 AM »

This is kinda of dangerous but I just used Brake cleaner to clean jeans that had primer & paint all over them. I sprayed them, scrubbed with a tooth brush, rinse, then wash them (alone) right away.

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« Reply #5 on: March 17, 2007 10:25:40 PM »

The best thing I have used to get off acrylic paint is called Goof Off.  It is really strong, but it rescued one of my favorite tee-shirts. 

It smells awful, though, and will make your nail polish all melty.  I can start to dissolve some plastics, too.  That's why it is so good at the paint.

You can get it in stores like Home Depot.

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« Reply #6 on: March 17, 2007 10:41:01 PM »

I second the goof off.  It took a latex paint spot out of my carpet that had been there for a really long time.  Just be careful with the scrubbing.  I once scrubbed a hole right through my favorite pair of shorts, trying to get a stain out. Sad 

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« Reply #7 on: March 17, 2007 11:23:07 PM »

Well, worse comes to worse now you have a pair of pants to wear to painting class. If you can't get the paint out, at least you won't ruin any other pants by wearing these ones.

I know this is a mute point now, but always wore old clothes to a studio class. Even if you are the cleanest, neatest, most careful painter in the world, chance are someone else in the studio has all ready made it a wreck.

As it is right now, half my clothes have been ruined by acrylic paint. It seems I don't even follow my own advice...

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