When I use spray paint to paint something, my hands usually get really messy.
How can I easily remove the paint from them?
Simply washing them with water isn't the best solution.
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Since water doesn't work, then it's not a water-based paint.
If it is an oil-based paint, start by rubbing cooking oil over your hands, then rub hand dish-washing detergent over the oil, then scrub.
If it is a solvent-based paint, first try washing and scrubbing with rubbing (isopropyl) alcohol. If that doesn't work then try washing and scrubbing with nail polish remover (acetone).
The great secret to removing paint (and other nasty's like pine tar, stains, glues etc.) Is to not let the substance contact your skin. (not a SA reply read on please)
While a latex glove is the simplest way of doing this, it is not always the most practical. And even if you do use a glove like this you are still more likely than not going to get paint on your skin. Before painting use an oily hand lotion or something of that nature. I used to use a product I would get at an industrial supplier, I forget the exact brand named but it was called 'liquid glove'. With this stuff I used to stain furniture with a rag, putting my whole bare hand in the pale, and soap and water was all I needed.
However any hand lotion or safe oily stuff you can apply to your hands will make the job of cleaning up your hands afterwards easier.
If I am outside with grimy hands (I used to be a landscaper and I would lay stone and would get lime/mortar or soil/sod dirt on my hands before lunch) I have often used a little bit of water and some fine grit sand (from the side of the road, a sandbox etc.). The water and sand acted as a small abrasive pad and it quickly works to exfoliate the skin removing the grime while doing so.
Perhaps this would work with your paint issue as well?
Hand washing paste might do the trick here. It is both soapy as well as abrasive, and helps clean your hands deeper than conventional soap. Here is a video showing the paste in action on what seems to be a combination of grease and dirt. You might even find a branded version that is specific for paint. All in all this is a cheap product so you can purchase a tub and try. Moreover it is very long-lasting so you technically won't be wasting your money too much in case it doesn't work.
So I work in landscaping and floral design, I was spray painting flowers and covered my hand in spray paint. I tried all of the previously listed solutions and rubbing achohol works the best, it will take some rubbing but it comes of painlessly and if the paint is on your nails it will get that off too.
Just got black Rust-o-Leum all over my left hand so I googled for this same question. I tried the cooking oil, nope. I tried the rubbing alcohol, nope. I tried the WD-40, nope. So i picked up an abrasive pad, stuck my hand under warm water, and went to town. Paint was gone in a couple of minutes.
I had Krylon spray paint on my hands from a defective spray button. It seems to be different from most solvent-based paint. Soap and water, even Lava or GoJo did nothing. Oil did not work even with baking soda. The oil did seem to soften it a little, but I ended up scraping it off with my fingernails and a stiff brush. I used nail polish remover for my nails and a few stubborn spots. Next time I will wear gloves. But latex gloves will dissolve in some solvents. Get Nitrile gloves. They are resistant to almost any solvent. If you use a solvent to remove paint from your skin, heed any warnings on the container about skin contact! Naptha and some others are very bad for you.
I got a brown stain on my finger. No idea where I got it and no idea what it was. I started with plain soap and water. Nothing. So I tried nail polish remover, Goo Gone, rubbing alcohol, cooking oil with salt, gasoline, WD-40,baking soda along with vinegar, baby oil and CLOROX. Nothing would remove what ever I had gotten on my finger. Lastly, I used a soap pad. It worked great removing what ever type of stain I had on my finger.