How to Clean White-Out from Vinyl or Plastic


Lovina asked: How do I remove white out from vinyl or plastic in a van? My child painted the van rear seat armrest/cup holder next to the window with a bottle of white out. It’s not fabric. I think it’s a plastic or vinyl.

White out is much like a paint. But don’t worry, it can be much easier to remove from surfaces than actual dried paint. This simple solution works for removing White-Out from multiple surfaces, including vinyl, plastic, wood, and even fabrics.

You Will Need:

  • WD-40
  • Cloth scouring pad
  • Mild dish soap
  • Water
  • Paper towels

Steps to Remove the Stain:

  1. Saturate the White-Out with WD-40.
  2. Allow it to sit for just a few moments. The WD-40 will lubricate the White-Out and allow it to release from the surface more easily.
  3. Use the cloth scouring pad to scrub the stain away, adding more WD-40 if necessary.
  4. Once the white-out is gone, wet a paper towel. Add a drop of dish soap to the paper towel and wipe the area clean of any remaining WD-40 residue.
  5. Rinse with a clean cloth moistened with water.
  6. Dry with a second cloth or paper towel if desired.

Additional Tips and Advice

  • Open the car windows and/or doors to provide ventilation when working with WD-40. This is especially important in an enclosed space.


  1. De-Solv-It; wipes off really well, most of it easily. You may need to use a soft terrycloth and/or soft scrubbie for some parts.

  2. Rope-a-dope says:

    It works!!!!
    Thank you.

  3. Acetone is easy to use. You don’t have to scrape the White Out. Just wet a rag with the acetone and rub it off. It dries very fast too.

  4. Acetone will melt the plastic and ruin it.

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