How To Get Spray Paint Off Skin 2021 (5 Step Guide + Infographic)

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I have been a painter for many years, but when I first started, I found that after I was done with work, I would have spray paint from head to toe. After years of practice, the amount of paint decreased, but it was still there. It can be very difficult to remove spray paint from your fingers, hands, and skin.

Over the years, I have gone through countless removal treatments to find out the best ways to get that pesky lasting spray paint off my skin, and a lot of them were a complete waste of money. However, I have found that the best treatment can be done with a few simple items that are usually already found inside of your home.

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How to Get Spray Paint Off Your Skin in 5 Steps

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1. Lightly Rub Skin With Olive or Vegetable Oil

The first thing you want to do is get a bottle of either olive or vegetable oil. There are natural ingredients in each of these oils that work wonders in breaking up the particles found in paint that cause them to cling and dry to your skin.

Depending on where the paint is, you may want to do this process inside of the shower to help avoid any sort of extensive mess. Once you have the oil, you will want to lightly saturate the painted skin with the oil and massage it into the skin to help loosen up the paint particles.

Tip: If you prefer or have any sort of allergies to olive or vegetable oils, you can substitute them with standard cooking spray or purification essential oils.

2. Rinse or wipe the oil off.

After you finish rubbing the oil into the paint covered areas, you will want to either wipe or rinse the oil off from your skin. Sometimes, depending on the thickness of the paint, you may need to repeat these two steps to ensure that you have loosened up as much of the paint as possible before moving on to step three.

Tip: it is important to remember that oil and water do not mix. Therefore, you will not get all of the oil and paint off of your skin during this step. It is mainly used to simply help loosen up the paint; not necessarily fully remove it.

3. Lather your skin with dish soap.

As most of us know, oil and water does not mix. So, after you are satisfied with the loosening of the paint on your skin, you will want to get some sort of soap, usually dish soap, because it is designed to cut through oils. Once putting the soap on your skin, you will want to lather and massage the soap into your skin to ensure that the paint is fully saturated, which will help to have the rest of the remaining paint loosened and ready for final removal.

Tip: Dawn is usually an excellent choice, but it can really be any sort of dish soap that is capable of washing away grease and oil.

4. Rinse the soap off of your skin.

After you finish lathering the soap into the paint covered areas, you will want to rinse off the soap making sure that all of the paint has been removed. Just like in step one and two, you may find out that you need to do this step inside of the shower, especially if you have paint in areas other than your hands.

As you rinse away the soap, make note if there is any other paint particles that are still clinging to your skin. You might be able to use a sponge or luffa to loosen even more of the particles without having to repeat any of the previous steps.

5. Repeat previous steps.

Although this step might seem like a cliché from a hair washing commercial, it is still a very important part of the process. Depending on the time between painting and washing, it might be required for you complete all of these steps multiple times. Remember, different types of paint can be more difficult to remove than others.

If you go through the entire treatment and find out that very little paint has been removed, you may need to use some sort of sponge or luffa to add more friction to ensure that the soap is pushed deeper into the skin to help remove it. If you paint often, you might want to even get a sponge or luffa that is specifically for phase one and rubbing in the chosen oil. This will help ensure that the paint comes off as easy as possible with the least amount of effort.

Conclusion: How to get spray paint off your skin

Whenever you are spray painting, it is important to realize that spray painting comes with some degree of messiness, and you should always expect it. Therefore, it is important to know how to get spray paint off your skin to avoid any irritations. After all, prolonged exposure of paint on your skin can cause some skin irritations.

There are all kinds of expensive paint removing treatments, but you can easily solve the issue of paint being on your skin with a few products that are usually always found in your home already. It is always important to remember that it might take multiple treatments to get all of the paint completely off of your skin.



Ryan is a writer for He's been a hobbyist and painter for a long time, and now enjoys teaching others. His content primarly focuses on reviews and guides for painters and construction professionals.

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