How to Get Oil Primer Off of Skin

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Get oil-based primer off your skin in a safe manner.
Get oil-based primer off your skin in a safe manner. (Image: Hemera Technologies/PhotoObjects.net/Getty Images)

When doing a paint job, it is almost impossible to avoid getting primer and paint on your skin. While water-based primers and paints come off easily with soap and water, oil-based primers are more difficult to remove. Don't resort to using turpentine or paint thinner to remove oil-based primer from your skin. These harsh chemicals can damage your skin or cause a rash. The method below is an effective and safe way to remove oil-based primer from your skin.

Things You'll Need

  • Cooking spray or vegetable oil
  • Soap

Spray cooking spray directly onto your skin where the primer is. Use a generous amount. If you don't have cooking spray, use vegetable oil.

Rub the primer and cooking spray. The primer will appear to loosen and slide around on top of the skin.

Rinse the primer off your skin under a faucet. Repeat this process if necessary. Wash the skin with soap to remove any cooking spray residue.

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