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Thread: Does anyone know how to get paint out of a quilt?

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    Super Member Pam H's Avatar
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    This is a quilt lovingly made by my MIL. Made from silk ties and then hand quilted. My son accidentally got acrylic paint on the quilt. Of course, on the white part! Does anyone have any ideas how to get the paint out? I am afraid to touch it without the words of wisdom from this board. Thanks!
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    I would put paint remover on a qtip and try to get as much out as possible that way then wash it and air dry to see if it comes out. Do not put it in the dryer as that would set it in.

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    I have had success with rubbing alcohol on acrylic paint-ask me how I know. Be careful near the colored blocks. The only problem may be the color on white fabric. I have gotten black paint off a pink shirt though.

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    What a shame. If all else fails, paint over it with white?

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    Amway pretreated! Gets almost everything out! U can buy it online now!!! Good luck!! Do NOT put in dryer!!!

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    Bummer!!! I hope you can get it off!!

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    Once it is dry I don't think you can get it out. Alcohol works when it is still wet.

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    Oh dear - I've just been researching painting on fabric (my next adventure!) and have read that acrylic is permanent once dry and it doesn't need to be heat set. So I'd say either white it out with more acrylic or applique a motif over it.

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    Don't give up yet.
    Try on a Q-tip just dabbing at one spot to see if it will soften and lift off:
    peroxide
    alcohol
    Goof-off
    Oxy-clean
    Amway prewash is the best. I have used it for years until I ran out recently and have not reordered yet.
    You will have to make sure the surrounding areas that do not have paint on them don't get wet or the paint could literally run into those spots. And definitely stay away from heat of any sort. Work slowly and methodically. It may take several days of dabbing and maybe even soaking just those areas.
    Good luck.

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    There's something called "oops" that I got at the hardware store to get paint out of clothes. It worked good on latex but i don't know about acrylic.

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    Here's an article from www.ehow.com. The solution is 2 tablespoons ammonia, 2 tablespoons white vinegar, and 1 tablespoon salt.

    It says to scrub the offending spots with a toothbrush with the solution. Then you can mix up more of the solution and soak the item overnight. This process should only take once, but it can be repeated until the paint is gone.

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    Thanks for all the helpful suggestions. This paint was dry on the quilt long before I ever saw it. I tried the alcohol first and it did bring some of it out but also made it bleed a bit. I also tried about every kind of stain stuff I have in the house. I have to give up for now because we are heading out of town in an hour to pick up my son who got the paint on the quilt. One thing I could do is sew a new white block to cover this one and then figure out how to hand quilt to match the rest. I'm sure if I gave it to my MIL to fix she would do it but I hate to have her see what has happened to her precious work.

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