Liquid Paper on clothng
February 2, 2009 2:00 PM   Subscribe

My partner spilled "liquid paper" (or "white out") on her very expensive shoes and on her not-quite-so-but-nearly-as-expensive jeans. Are there any stain gurus who might help?
posted by Neiltupper to Clothing, Beauty, & Fashion (8 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I've lost count of how many times I've recommended Goo Gone on askme, but here it is again.

I've used it plenty on jeans -- will take off dried paint, wax, oil, anything without fabric damage. Have not tried it on shoes (leather?) so try an inconspicuous spot first!
posted by M.C. Lo-Carb! at 2:02 PM on February 2, 2009 [1 favorite]

what are the shoes made out of? are the jeans just blue jeans or are they some combination of materials? what colors? what brands?
posted by nadawi at 2:03 PM on February 2, 2009

More info is needed. What are the shoes made of? Is it a shiny patent leather where the lp can be peeled off? Is there texture, what??

As for the jeans...I've used this for wax, but there's no guarantee.

Take a paper bag put it over the spot, iron that area, on top of the paperbag, and from inside the jeans (with the paperbag still on it), and it *might* take off the lp onto the paper bag.
posted by hal_c_on at 2:04 PM on February 2, 2009

Take a paper bag put it over the spot, iron that area...

I wouldn't do that. Liquid Paper is, essentially, paint. Applying heat will set it into the cloth.

From the Liquid Paper website:
Oil based Liquid Paper

(Bond White/Fast Dry/ 2 in 1 correction combo,/Pen & Ink/ Multi-Fluid/ Smooth Coverage/ Stock Colors)

For washable clothing, any one of the following will work. Follow directions on the back of packaging.

• Goof Off
• Goo Gone
• De-Solv-It Contractors Solution

For Dry clean-only clothing:

Take to the cleaners and let them know you have an oil based paint stain so that they can employ a suitable spot treatment.

Water Based Liquid Paper
(Just for Copies / Waterbased)

For washable clothing

• Gonz
• Amodex (203) 335-1255
posted by Thorzdad at 2:12 PM on February 2, 2009 [1 favorite]

I cant say as to what it would do to the material, but any acetone-based solvents (nail polish remover for example) will pull that right off. Heck, isopropal alchohol would probably work too, and I dont think that stains anything.
posted by elendil71 at 2:14 PM on February 2, 2009

You don't provide enough information, but if the shoes are expensive then it's best to pay the best cobbler in town to take care of it. He probably won't charge more than $30.
posted by randomstriker at 3:31 PM on February 2, 2009

I'd wait for it to dry and fleck it off first. Most of the damage will probably come from the solvent, not the paint. Using more solvent to get rid of it may cause more problems. I'd only worry about the shoes; the jeans should be tolerant of acetone or goo-gone or whatever you choose. You should really say what kind of shoes: leather, plastic, suede, ruby, glass, etc.
posted by chairface at 4:18 PM on February 2, 2009

Use a razor blade or the edge of a pair of scissors to (carefully) scrape it off. Disclaimer: This works on paper, but I've never tried it on fabric.
posted by Evangeline at 6:12 PM on February 2, 2009

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