The great thing about colouring or painting is that you can be free to create a mess and to make mistakes without having any repercussions…..unless it is spray painting. We can all agree that spray painting is the most fun (whether you’re making a costume or just decorating some plastic for fun) but also the most difficult to clean up if you make a mistake. Because if you don’t know how to rightfully remove paint from plastic, then you’re in big trouble.
Luckily, we’ve got you covered! We have tried, tested and made a list so you know how to remove spray paint from plastic, quickly and easily.
How to Remove Spray Paint from Plastic:
These 5 simple tips will let you strip paint from plastic in minutes, like a pro!
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1. Warm Water and Detergent
Use some good ol’ fashioned, easily accessible, DIY warm water and detergent solution to clean up some unwanted spray paint from a plastic surface.
The best thing about it is that it is basically free and very safe. And it hardly takes 5 mintues for this process, so nothing wrong in giving it a try before you move towards other solutions
Note: If the paint stains are too stubborn, this solution will not work and you will need something stronger like oils or alcohols. (Continue reading the list below for more anecdotes).
2. Vegetable Oil
This is the simplest tip to remove spray paint from plastic. Mainly, because it is the one thing that almost everyone already has in their cupboard. So for this, most of us won’t even have to leave our home!
Since it does not have any strong chemicals, you won’t damage any plastaware in the process.
Note: For some plastic surfaces or some types of intense and old spray paints, vegetable oil might not be strong enough to remove it, so try something a bit stronger for it.
3. Oven Cleaner
Oven cleaner works like a charm when it comes to removing paint from plastic. It is also something that almost everyone has easy access to, either it is already in our cleaning cupboard or easily available from any general store.
For this too, you need to have rubber gloves and a mask on, for your own safety.
Note: Do not let the plastic surface soak too much of the over cleaner because it can sometimes be damaging to the plastic coating.
4. Denatured Alcohol
If you require something stronger to take off spray paint, then denatured alcohol is your friend. Especially if the stains are older. We all know that alcohols are best at clean up jobs, whether the mess is outside, or inside!
However, some precautions are required when using denatured alcohol to remove spray paint from plastic; Wear gloves, cover your mouth and your nose and work in an open space.
Note: Denatured alcohol is extremely strong so you need to be careful when using this.
Acetone is another quick and easy way to clean spray paint off plastic. It is something found in most nail polish removers so you can use those too.
But if you have access to acetone, that would be best because it will be more effective that way. You can easily get that from your local pharmacy nearby.
Note: DO NOT use acetone without thick rubber gloves and a mask because it most definitely can damage your skin on contact.
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