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How to Remove Acrylic Paint Over Oil Paint

Diana Braun

Acrylic paint is a fast-drying paint that is water-based. Acrylic paint shouldn't be applied directly over oil-based paint because it won't adhere to the oil surface. A primer is typically needed when using acrylic paint over oil paint. One big difference between acrylic and oil paint is that acrylic will soften upon contact with alcohol, but oil will not. Acrylic paint can be removed from the surface of oil-based paint with just a few common household items.

  1. Moisten a soft cloth with rubbing alcohol.

  2. Rub the area of acrylic paint with the moistened cloth. The paint will wipe away from the oil-based paint.

  3. Wipe down the area with liquid dishwashing soap and water. Run a clean soft cloth over the surface to remove residue.