Spray paint comes in [oil and acrylic or water-based](http://wwwuvmedu/safety/art/paint-aerosol-safety) forms, with the addition of an aerosol component that makes it sprayable. Therefore, there's no spray-paint-specific magic trick for removing it from fabric.
Your success will depend on what type of paint you're dealing with, and how much time the stain has had to set in.
Catching It Early
Treating a spray-paint stain when it's fresh is your best bet for beating it. When **water-based** spray paint (like acrylic) gets on your clothes, get to a sink and some dish soap as quickly as you can.
- Gently blot out the paint with a paper towel or cleaning rag to remove anything that has puddled, or that may drip.
- Apply a hearty amount of dish soap to the stain, and hold the fabric under warm running water to completely saturate the stain and garment.
- Rub the stained portion between your fingers as you continue to hold the fabric under running water. Reapply the soap and repeat, as necessary, until the stain disappears and the water runs clear. Launder the garment as you normally would after removing the spray paint.
Get it wet.
Work it out.
If the sink doesn't quite do the trick, blot the stain with a sponge dampened with a bit of **nail polish remover**, and repeat the rinsing process.
Consult the spray paint can, if it's handy. The manufacturer might suggest stain-removal tips, or recommend a specific type of paint remover for stubborn stains.
For **bleach-safe clothing**, soak the garment in chlorine or oxygen bleach for about an hour before laundering.
Even with acrylic spray paint, dried stains may not come out completely. Whenever possible, try to catch the stain while it's fresh, or use spray paint while wearing work clothes.