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While painting, if you have stained your hands with oil paint, it is not easily washable with water and soap. Instead apply a little baby oil and wash, there will be no sign of paint and your hands will be smooth without any roughness of the paint.
An awesome way to get dried acrylic paint off of your hands and out of your paint brushes is hand sanitizer. Inexpensive.
For paint brushes just work the brush back and forth in the sanitizer. For stuck in, deep, dried on paint, spread the bristles apart, and work the sanitizer in with your fingers.
By Rick from Winston-Salem, NC
You can use PAM cooking spray to remove grease and paint from your hands while working on the lawn mower or painting in your house. Just buy an extra can for the garage or workshop.
By Ron from Cortez, CO
I am an avid painter of all living standing still. Since I often use spray paint, my index finger gets coated in paint. I found that by adding just a fingertip amount of 20 Mule Team Borax with my liquid hand soap, the spray paint comes right off!
I use this same approach with my paint brushes. Just add a tsp. of borax to the soapy water for your brushes. The Borax will help to soften and cleanly rinse away the paint.
By Sue from Clyde, NC
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How do you get fabric paint off of kids hands? We are making a gift for the teacher and I want to be prepared. Thanks!
Kristine from Elmhurst, IL
Try rubbing baby oil or vaseline on your hands to loosen paint stains. It's much easier on your skin than paint thinner or mineral spirits. Keep paint from lodging under your fingernails by rub them over a bar of soap before painting. Prevent paint from getting on your hands all together by wearing rubber glove when you paint.
UBI thanks for the Citronella comment. I had wood stain all over my hands and no paint thinner. Six soap and waters with steel wool didn't work, but one dose of citronella took it all off - and smells better than gasoline. (09/19/2005)
Try using goo gone. It worked with the paint we were using. It was permanent rusting paint for cars and we tried for 2 days to keep washing our hands. We saw the most improvement from the goo gone. Hope I helped (11/06/2006)
Try Pam, Crisco, any kind of cooking oil! I made the mistake of trying to wash off an oil-based paintbrush and got paint all over my hands. I was devastated when it would not come off with soap and water. Then I remembered something from high-school chemistry about "likes attracting likes". Oil based paints will mix with other oils! I grabbed my can of Pam cooking spray and sprayed it over my hands and rubbed them vigorously. Then, I got a good squirt of hand soap and rubbed! As I prayed, I turned on the water and "viola" the paint came off! I was overjoyed! Thank you Lord for high-school chemistry! Who'd of thunk it?! (11/18/2006)
I took in all of your ideas, and made one crazy invention. First, get petroleum jelly, and rub it all over your hands, simultaneously rubbing, until the the lather becomes a greyish/white color. Then spray PAM cooking oil, or any low fat cooking oil in a can over your hands, about 1, 4 second spray on each hand. Then continuously rub your hands together, mixing the jelly with the PAM. Do this for about 2 minutes, than, get a scrubbing device. (i.e. a sponge used to wash dishes) and continuously scrub your hands. Do this for about 5 minutes, and no paint will be visible. Now, the sponge might hurt, but once the paint is off, your hands feel better! (12/29/2006)
Kosher Salt or any salt with big crystals and any kind of cooking oil works great!
Took it off in under a minute and my hands feel very nice now. (04/23/2007)
Mineral Spirits works best for me or even that lava soap with the sand in it but I have troubles getting it out of my nails and cuticles. (08/03/2007)
Thanks for the advice! I had some oven degreaser. I sprayed that on and used a soft-scrub pad to take it off instantly! (08/06/2007)
By Mike N.
Use butter (or margarine) and sugar (equal amounts) just rub together on hands till paint has gone. Wash off with hot soapy water (it really works!) (09/01/2007)
If that does not work you can always use generic nail polish remover. Works like a charm. (10/11/2007)
The cooking spray worked perfectly! I didn't want to use anything harsh on my skin and the SPRAY paint came right off! Thank you! (12/04/2007)
By Michelle Boise,ID
Since we are talking about kids' hands why not use some pan spray or baby lotion befor the fact? It seems to me the paint wouldn't stick to their hands and wouldn't harm the project since both are washable.
Actually if you use a good quality fabric paint, even if it has dried, it should just peel off. I use Tulip fabric paints and whenever I get it on my skin, I have just peeled it off. Make sure that both they and the surface they are painting on is well protected though, since fabric paint on clothes and other fibres may only come off if you catch it while it is wet or at least, before the 24 hour curing period is past.
I had wood stain on my hands and I used Citronella aka lamp fuel took it off after 3 washes! it does work!
How do you remove paint from your hands?
By makiah from Charlotte, NC
Depends on the kind of paint. If it is oil based, I use mineral spirits to get the paint off, then wash thoroughly with soap and water. If it is latex based, I wash them with soap and water, and add a handful of dry borax (powdered--found in the laundry aisle of the grocery store). The borax powder is gritty and adds a good scrubbiness to the process.
I have also found that hand-washing the dishes tends to loosen the paint and I can then rub it off. (I suppose soaking would do the same thing; but why not be useful?) If I hold something for spray painting, and get it on my hands, I use nail polish remover.
Just using baby oil works a lot of the time.
Try cooking oil and sugar, leaves them lovely and soft too.
Marg from England
This doesn't help you now, but I use Shaklee's Basic-H before I paint. I get about a teaspoon of it in my hand and rub it on like hand lotion. Then I let it dry. When I'm ready for clean up, I just go wash my hands with warm water. The paint comes right off. It works with any kind of paint and also things like glue. I'm gluing down new tile in my house right now, and the glue is extremely sticky and hard to get off. I remembered my Basic-H, and now clean up is fast and easy. Basic-H is really inexpensive. It lasts a long time. I bought a gallon of it 3 years ago, and I just ran out. It is also useful for many other things, like cleaning and even de-worming animals.
Use some cooking oil and a tiny pinch of sugar. Then at the same time used a scourer to rub between your hands.
Works a treat
How do I get poster/finger paint off my toddler's hands? She was at preschool today, and her hands are stained blue up to her elbows?
Mel from Beckley, WV
I would try cold cream. I would also advise the pre school that THEY should 'clean up' the children before sending them home.. I know that I would be upset picking up a blue baby.....