Spray paint is one of our fave ways to paint or update things. Today we were spray painting some furniture and I, of course, am a messy human and I got it all over my hands. Does this happen to you too? Lucky for you, I have found the best way for how to get spray paint off your hands!
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Every time I am doing a project with spray paint, I always seem to walk away with some on my hands, and maybe arms too. The chairs I spray painted today took a couple different coats and went all over my hands.
The difference between interior wall paint and spray paint is that spray paint is sticky, has tons of over spray and doesn’t come off the skin with just soap and water without some major scrubbing.
Here’s How To Get Spray Paint Off Your Hands
I have always gotten spray paint off my skin one way, but when I was researching for this post, I found two alternate ways. Here are all the ways to get spray paint off your skin:
Spoiler, the list isn’t an indication of my favorite method. You’ll have to stay tuned to the end to hear my favorite and why.
Use Non-Stick Cooking Spray
First, let’s talk about non-stick cooking spray. I know, I know, but apparently it works. Can you believe that?!?
Spray the cooking spray on the areas of your skin that have spray paint on them and let it sit for about 30 seconds or so.
Grab a cheap sponge from the dollar store or walmart. I use these for cleaning and always set a few aside for my cleaning furniture stash. Use the scrubby side to gently scrub the spray paint off of your hands.
Wash away the spray paint and cooking spray with warm soap and water.
The pro to this method is that most people will have this on hand at home so it is easy to use for cleanup. The con is that it is kind of messy so you’ll need to wash over a sink.
Nail Polish Remover
Next up is the nail polish remover. Because the nail polish remover would work, acetone would work as well. This is probably my least favorite method because I don’t relish the thought of putting pure acetone or nail polish on my bare skin. This is better than paint thinner or mineral spirits though.
Apply the nail polish remover with a cotton pad just like you would with your nails, and gently wipe away the spray paint from your hands.
The pro for this method is that it isn’t using the harsher chemicals like in a paint thinner or mineral spirits. The con is that it is still a chemical that is meant for minimal contact with your skin.
Olive Oil and Dish Soap
Spoiler alert, this method is my favorite way for how to get spray paint off your hands. Olive oil and dish soap are both close by my sink in my kitchen, so grabbing them is super easy. Pour a good amount of olive oil onto your hands and then pour some dish soap on there as well.
The type of dish soap does NOT matter. Any will do!
Grab your scrubby sponge and gently scrub the areas where the spray paint is on your skin. It always melts right off for me with little effort.
The pro for this method is that it uses cleaning products that are natural and most people will already have in their kitchen. The con is that it is pretty messy.
That’s the end of the methods! If you have lots of spray painting projects, hopefully one of these three methods will work to get the spray paint off of your skin. My hands look super rough all the time because I am always painting something, but at least they will be clean!