3 Quick Ways to Get Spray Paint Off Your Hands

I love a good spray paint project, mainly because the payoff is so quick. BUT most spray paint projects require you to hold something while you’re painting and I always end up getting paint all over my hands.

Spray paint washes off with soap if you have the time to wait a few days. I’ve found three faster ways to get spray paint off my skin in just a few minutes. I’ll give you the answer first and you can read on if you want to learn the pros and cons of each method. Tub O’Towels is amazing at getting spray paint off skin.

Two of them don’t use harsh or toxic chemicals, and the third is good in a pinch.

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Best Ways to Get Spray Paint Off Skin

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1. Coconut Oil – Coconut oil is one of those products around the house that seems to have unlimited possibilities. I’ve used it for my hair, for my dog’s itchy skin, not to mention in the kitchen. If you smear it on your skin, it also removes spray paint. It does take a fair bit of rubbing and some paper towels. I suggest keeping one bottle that you set aside specifically for NON-kitchen use. Use the cheapest one on the market for this kind of thing.

2. Tub O Towels (Wipes) – My husband found these because he is always getting cycling grease all over his hands. These towels will even remove permanent markers like Sharpie. These towels come in a large tub. The ingredients are purified water, di-limonene, nonionic and anionic surfactants, dimenthicone landing, propylene glycol, aloe extra and vitamin E.

This was the clear winner at removing paint! It worked the fastest with the least amount of effort.

3. Nail Polish Remover – This works, but I hate the smell so much and I think it has so many toxic ingredients I don’t want to recommend it. Here’s an example of typical ingredients in nail polish remover:

acetone, perilla ocymoides seed oil, linum usitatissimum (linseed) seed oil, prunus armeniaca (apricot) kernel oil, denatonium benzoate, parfum (fragrance), benzyl salicylate, linalool, hexyl cinnamal”

Do you really want to rub that all over your skin? I don’t want to get on a soapbox so I won’t but if you want to read more, click on the links for some of the ingredients. There’s a reason it smells so bad.

The next time you are getting ready to spray paint your lamp or frame, have one of these three on hand to make it easier to get the residue off of your skin and hands.

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