How to Remove Silk Screening From T-Shirts

by Katrina Matterhorn ; Updated September 28, 2017

Remove silkscreen printing from a T-shirt with a paint remover.

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Silkscreen printing is a style of printing that uses a mesh to filter the printing and a sponge with ink or other ink brush is pressed through the mesh to the T-shirt. Silk screen printing can come in a variety of colors as well as textures and finishes such as matte or glossy. Silkscreen printing utilizes ink or paint, so you can remove it from clothing with a paint remover and washing it off.

Spray the silkscreen image on the T-shirt with an aerosol paint remover. Cover the area evenly with the spray.

Wait for the paint remover to absorb into the silkscreen image for a few minutes.

Wash the T-shirt in a washing machine.

Redo the steps if there are still portions of the silk screen image that is still visible.

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Katrina Matterhorn is experienced in technology consulting for two of the largest technology companies in the world. Since 2009 she has specialized in technology, business and home and garden articles. She has a double major in English and political science from Austin College in addition to Microsoft and IBM certifications.