Spray paint is a convenient and inexpensive way to paint just about any object. Due to it’s design, it can also be messy. Spray paint easily gets on the skin--most often it gets on the skin of the hands or arms, but the spray can land on any exposed areas. You should remove the paint as soon as you can, not just because it looks bad but because spray paint can cause skin irritation.
Things You'll Need
- Vegetable oil, olive oil, mineral oil or cooking spray
- Plastic card or scraper
- Pumice soap
- Nylon scrub pad
- Wash cloth
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Smear cooking oil or spray cooking spray all over the affected area of skin. The oil or spray will safely loosen the bond between the paint and skin.
Hold the skin taut with one hand. With the other hand use a stiff plastic card or scraper to gently scrape the paint from the skin. Be careful if you use a credit card for this--the oil may harm the magnetic strip.
Wet the skin with water and add a few drops of pumice soap directly on the skin, if any paint remains. If the oil removed all the paint, simply wash the oil away with soap and water. Pumice soap is an abrasive soap commonly used to remove automotive grease and oil from the hands. Scrub remaining paint from the skin using this soap and a nylon scrub pad.
Rinse the skin with warm water and wash it clean with a wash cloth. The paint should be gone now. If any remains, wash it again with the pumice soap.