How to Get Paint Out of Car Seats

January 31, 2024

Swift action, the right cleaning solutions, and patience are your allies in removing car seat paint. Determine the type of paint, as water-based can often be scraped or steamed off, while oil-based requires a solvent cleaner such as acetone or commercial paint thinners. Before proceeding, equip yourself with gloves and safety goggles to protect your eyes and skin from potential damage. Then drape the seat with an old sheet and secure it with tape, ensuring you are working only on the painted area. To avoid damaging the fabric, always test the cleaning solution in an inconspicuous area.

If your paint stain is wet, take care to blot it rather than wipe it, as wiping may push the color deeper into the fabric fibers. Blotting also allows you to saturate the affected area with a cleaning solution without risk of spreading the chemical further. After saturating the stained area, use a cotton ball soaked in rubbing alcohol to rub the paint away. Repeat as needed, until the paint is completely gone.

For dried paint, a razor blade or putty knife can be used to carefully scrape away the dry spill, as long as you are careful not to cut or tear the seat. If you don’t have a razor blade on hand, you can try using fine-grit sandpaper to gently scrub the dry paint away. For leather seats, a clean cloth dampened with rubbing alcohol should work to remove most of the paint. If a large portion of the stain remains, consider taking your car to a leather upholstery repair shop that specializes in dyeing and matching colors.


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