Spray paint can be useful for a variety of different purposes and projects, but using spray paints can get very messy very quickly.
If you have been using spray paint, you have probably noticed that your hands are covered in paint, or that you have random patches on your skin with no idea of how they got there.
If you are spray-painting without using any protective equipment, like gloves, then you are more than likely going to end up with spray paint on your skin. More often than not, when this paint is on your skin, it is really difficult to remove.
How to Remove Spray Paint From Skin
There are lots of different methods of removing spray paint from your skin, but some may work better than others for certain types of paint. We are going to tell you about the different paint-removal methods that you can try below.
Olive Oil or Vegetable Oil
One popular tried and tested method of removing spray paint from your skin is the use of olive or vegetable oil.
All you need to do is rub the olive oil or vegetable oil onto your skin, but you should do this while holding your hands over the sink. This way, you can use a generous amount of oil without making a big mess.
Next, you should rub your hands together thoroughly and try to work away at the paint. Then, turn on the water and keep rubbing your hands together while under the water.
If the paint isn’t coming off, then you might want to try adding some soap to the mix and see if that helps. If the paint is anywhere other than your hands and arms, then you might want to do this in the shower.
Another great method of removing spray paint from your skin is to use essential oils instead of vegetable oils. For this, you should use purification essential oil, as this is a blend of multiple oils that are usually used to eliminate odor.
However, a few drops of this oil applied directly on top of the paint on your skin can help to get rid of it.
You should massage the oil into the spots where the paint is and the paint should then start to thin. Keep rubbing until the paint is gone. You should make sure that you do not touch your eyes when your hands have essential oils on them as it can cause stinging and irritation.
Soap and Water
Simple soap and water has also been known to help get rid of spray paint from the skin, so this is definitely something that you should try. Squeeze some dish soap out of the bottle and onto your hands and create a lather.
Once you have created a lather, you should try to focus the rubbing on the areas that have paint on them. This method will work the best if you have used a water-based paint.
After you have successfully scrubbed at the paint, you should turn on the water and rinse the soap off of your skin. Keep rubbing at the affected areas while you are rinsing off the soap, then pat your skin dry with a hand towel when you are done.
Nail Polish Remover
One of the things that will work better on various different types of spray paint is nail varnish remover. It might not be the nicest of things to put on your skin, but it can work for getting off smaller patches.
All you have to do is get some cotton wool or a cloth, add some acetone nail polish remover, and rub at the affected areas to break up the paint particles.
This works great for stubborn areas of paint that haven’t been removed by following the previous steps. One you have finished, don’t forget to rinse with hot water.
Another thing that could do the trick is rubbing alcohol. If you don’t have any nail polish remover available to you, or you don’t want to use it on your skin, then you can resort to rubbing alcohol instead.
Use the rubbing alcohol with a cotton wool ball to rub away at the paint. Once the paint has been saturated in alcohol, you should rinse it away.
Paint wipes are specifically designed to remove paint, so you might have better luck using these to try and get the spray paint off your skin. You can buy them from a variety of retailers, and all you need to do is take a wipe and rub at the affected area.
How to Get Oil Based Paint Off Skin
The way in which you remove paint from your skin will depend on the type of paint you have used. For oil-based paints, you can use things like cooking oil, coconut oil, and soap and water.
Make sure to rub at the affected area until it is completely saturated with the removal method of your choice. You may need to repeat the process more than once if you are struggling to remove the paint.
What is Paint Thinner?
Paint thinner is a solvent that is often used to thin different oil-based paints, or clean them up once they have been used. Interestingly, you can use paint thinner to remove spray paint from your skin.
All you have to do is run the paint thinner on the paint-covered areas. The paint thinner will work to break down the paint particles and make the pain much easier to remove. You should do this in a well-ventilated area.