Saturday, December 8, 2012

How to remove spray paint from your hands~~the easy way!

You’re probably thinking I’m crazy for a post with this title. Maybe I am, but I have been taking spray paint off my hands this way for years…before this I used a paint remover or nail polish (which was very irritating to my hands).  If I had cuts or a torn cuticle it was painful too.  And as a nurse, my hands were always stressed anyway since I washed them so much.

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So, I am a big spray painter (love this color BTW, Krylon’s Satin Caramel Latte) and when I painted these metal acorns for the bottle project, I decided to share my paint removal tip. I always forget the gloves and I am known to be a messy crafter, so I am always getting spray paint all over me.

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All you need is a heavy lotion or cream and a few paper towels or a clean rag.  This Bath and Body Works hand cream is perfect, but almost any kind will work…baby lotion works great too. 

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Put a generous glob of lotion in your palm, admire how much paint you have around your nails.  Rub the lotion in all over your hands, leave it on for a minute or two, then wipe it off with the paper towel.

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Now, this is what you have after one application…now just lather, rinse and repeat apply another generous squirt of lotion and rub it in, let it sit and wipe it off!

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You can see the paint on the paper towel…it’s coming off!

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This is what my hand looked like after the second lotion application.

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I applied one more glob of lotion and repeated the process.

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Ta da!!  That’s all there is to it!  Easy, non-harsh chemical paint removal.  All that’s left is a tad around a few nails, but that came right off with a brush.  Now if only I could find a way to remove those wrinkles and age spots!

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32 comments:

Danni Baird @ Silo Hill Farm said...

Well there's some news I can use! Thank you!

Al@PolkaDotsandPaisley said...

This is such a useful post. I, like you, am a very messy spray painter. Thanks for sharing!

Sam I Am...... said...

Thank you! What a wonderful tip! Oh, and when you find out what takes the wrinkles and age spots off please let me know A.S.A.P!!!!! LOL! I will buy a barrel full of whatever that is!

Kathe said...

I love you! I am so thankful for this post :-) I am also a messy crafter and I never wear gloves when I spray paint! I am pinning this to have on hand for my next project!

Maureen Wyatt said...

Terrific information! Thanks for sharing and I'm pinning for when I forget what you've told us.

designluv said...

Thank you for this!! I ALWAYS have spray paint on my fingers.

Lauren @ My Wonderfully Made said...

LOL - wish I had read this last week when I looked like the Tin Man after spraying a bunch of branches silver! Great tip -thanks!

Revi said...

Yay! Lotion is a great thing, and I'm definitely trying this one! Thanks.
-Revi

Jamie said...

this is revolutionary!!!! thanks!

Joy@aVintageGreen said...

Next time I use spray paint (and it always gets on my hands/fingers) I will try this first, 3 times, way less irritating and harsh than scrubbing with googone.
Joy

Amy @ A Blossoming Life said...

Such a nifty tip that will definitely come in handy! Thanks for linking up to Frugal Crafty Home

Brittney said...

Oh my, I had NO idea. This is the most fabulous news! Because I'm a huge spray paint fan! Yeehaw. Almost makes me want to go paint my hand, just because I can... :)
-Brittney
http://smartgirlstyle.blogspot.com

Maureen said...

THANK.YOU. Goodness I needed this!

Valerie said...

Wow, I will have to try this. I'm a messy spray painter...and crafter too! I would love to be able to not scour my hands with harsh abrasives to clean up.

Linda Bouf said...

I needed that. I've been spraying everything white lately. ha ha Thanks, following you also. Linda

Gayle Page-Robak said...

This is truly a wonderful share! Thank you so much. We use WD40 but this sounds even better. I am now a follower of your blog and look forward to return visits. I invite you to join me as well on my blog at http://atastefultouch.blogspot.com
Hugs, Gayle.

Beth said...

And here I thought I was the only crafter with fingers that looked like that. I don't like to use gloves because once you get paint on them, they get sticky and create new problems from there.

Gee, now I HAVE to get some more lotion from B&BW! I really hate having to think of excuses to go there. ;)

Angela said...

Great idea who knew? I still had spray paint on my hands a th school bus stop pick up today, lol

Schulz Family said...

visting from ladybug blessings, that is such an awesome tip. thanks for sharing

jacky @ small home love said...

Great tip! Who would have thought lotion could remove spray paint!!

Steph @ Crafting in the Rain said...

Good to know--and I have a few things I want to spray paint soon :)

Jill said...

What a great tip Ellen! I cannot do any form of painting without getting it all over myself - so I know I'll need to try this next time I'm painting! :)

Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
Hope you have a fabulous week!
Jill @ Creating my way to Success
http://www.jembellish.blogspot.com/

Our Pinteresting Family said...

thanks so much for this tip!!

Shannon Barefoot said...

I'm going to have to remember this! Thanks for linking up to the weekly creative :)
Shannon @ Sewing Barefoot

Rox said...

GREAT tip! Thanks for sharing. I am notorious for getting spray paint all over my hands also. lol I found your link on Serendipity and Spice. Rox
http://fourelevenrox.blogspot.com/

Karen at Bargain-ista.com said...

Brilliant! I am totally gonna try this! I recently spray painted my backyard furniture and when I was finished my toes were green too - lol :)

Jenny Lynn said...

I am so glad you shared this tip. I enjoy using spray paint for many different projects.

Rebecca @ My Girlish Whims said...

seriously?? I will have to give it a try!! :)

Kaysi @ Keeping it Simple said...

That is awesome! I'm always getting paint on me and it stays on for a week or more!

PhotoSynthesysDesigns said...

Thanks for this tip; I have another, similar one to share: coconut oil! Coconut Oil is all the rage in natural foods cooking and personal care products. I learned this when a a friend of mine, who had me paint her rental property's outdoor porch with seafoam green *YACHT* paint (very durable, oil-based) had me clean up with this after first using turpentine for the initial layer of cleaning. This same friend was the one who had turned me on to coconut oil, which she had learned about after bumming in the Carribean on a very small sailboat with 8 others for 4 months-it served as conditioner, lotion, cleaner, and cooking oil: things needed to be multi-function! Give it a try sometime; I bought mine at a natural foods store, and have seen it at Trader Joe's too.

jelly andrews said...

Cool! I could surely use this information since I also love to paint. I really appreciate this. Thanks! It is pretty amazing.

Keukenprinses said...

i you put some liquid soap on your cuticles before you start, they will be clean afterwards in a whiff,too!