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How to Remove Spray Paint from the Skin

How to Remove Spray Paint from the Skin

Searching for ways to remove spray paint from the skin? This HomeQuicks article suggests a few easy-to-use methods for this purpose. Take a look...
Kalpana Kumari
People who work with spray paints commonly end up with paint-blotted skin. It is quite natural, as one tends to get absorbed into a painting project. Fortunately, there are several ways of removing spray paint from the skin. Some of the simple, easy, and less time-consuming methods are described in the following sections.
Removing Spray Paint from the Skin
Method 1: Use Standard Paint Removers
Paint removers, as their name itself suggests, are chemicals that are designed to remove paint from various surfaces. These can help you quickly and completely get the paint off your skin, however, if you have a sensitive skin, then it is better to avoid using this method, as most of these chemicals are harsh by nature.

A cotton ball dipped in nail polish remover (remover) can be gently rubbed on the skin till the paint dissolves and is removed. One might even use mineral spirits in a similar manner.
Method 2: Use Vegetable Oil and Soap
Dab the paint on the skin with any vegetable oil. This will weaken the bond between the paint and the skin. You may also spray cooking spray on the affected part to meet the same purpose. Allow it to remain of the area for a few minutes.

After that, hold the skin tight with one hand, and using a plastic card or a scraper, scrape the paint from that area. You may even take another person's help for removing the paint off an area that is hard to reach.

In case some paint still remain on the skin, wet it by spraying a few drops of water. Apply a small amount of mild soap on the affected skin, spray a little water on it, and rub the paint off with a pumice stone. Do it gently as rough handling will probably leave you with scratches and bleeding. Remember not to use the pumice stone on the face and other soft areas of the body.

Rinse your skin with lukewarm water and allow it to dry. If the paint is still present, then repeat the above procedure once again.
Method 3: Take a Shower
If the spray paint has covered a large part of your body, the method described above may prove to be too time-consuming and laborious. The easier and simpler option is to stand under a hot shower immediately after the paint has blotted your skin.

Use a mild soap or the one which suits your skin. Lather the soap on the skin with a toothbrush that has soft bristles, rubbing in gentle circular motions. This way, you will be able to minimize the risk of skin damage that may result due to the use of excessive force.

Use a pumice stone gently on the skin to remove the paint. If paint has entered the underside of the nails, use a nail filer to take it out.

After the shower, pat dry your skin with a dry and clean towel. Immediately apply a high quality moisturizer, as this procedure will dry up your skin. If one shower fails to give the desired result, repeat it the next day. Do not forget to moisturize your skin afterward. This is very important for to maintain the health of your skin.
Method 4: Use a Hand Lotion or Cream
This method is time-consuming but is much gentler on the skin. Take a liberal amount of a good quality hand lotion and apply it to the painted area of the skin. Cover the area lightly with the palm of your hand, and let it stand for a minute or two after which, wipe it off using a paper towel or a ball of cotton.
Method 5: Olive Oil and Kosher salt
Dab the painted region with a generous quantity of olive oil, and let it remain on the skin for 5-10 minutes. After that, use a hard-grained salt such as Kosher salt to scrub off the paint. Repeat as required.
Method 6: Butter, Mayonnaise or Margarine
These fat-rich items comprise oils which make it difficult for the paint to bond with the skin. Apply a liberal quantity of any of these on the painted skin, allow it to remain for a few minutes, and then use kosher salt to scrub and remove the paint. Repeat as necessary, and once the paint is removed completely, wash the area with a mild soap and warm water.
Method 7: Baking Soda
Add a little water to an ample amount of baking soda to make a concentrated solution. Apply it to the painted skin, and rub in a circular fashion for a couple of minutes till the paint comes off. You might even add Kosher salt to the solution to increase its effectiveness. Repeat as needed.