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How to Remove Oil-Based Paint from Hands

Oil-based paint has a variety of applications, but no matter how you use it, you can usually count on some of it ending up on your hands. And unlike latex paints, oil-based paint doesn't wash off easily with soap and water. While oil-based paints will wear off eventually, there are some simple ways to remove oil-based paint using common household substances.

Removing Paint Naturally

Removing oil-based paint takes more than soap and water.
  1. Apply baby oil, mayonnaise or olive oil to the paint on your hands. As oil-based substances, these will help break down the oil-based paint and expedite the removal process.

  2. Rub the baby oil, the mayonnaise or the olive oil in to the paint stains with your fingers. Leave on your skin for a few minutes.

  3. Wipe off the excess baby oil, mayonnaise or olive oil with a paper towel. Wash your hands with soap and water to remove the cleaning agent and the paint residue. Dry your hands with a clean towel.

Removing Paint Chemically

  1. Apply glycerine to the paint on your hands. This helps loosen and dissolve the dried paint.

  2. Pour a small amount of turpentine or cleaning solvent into the palm of your hand. Rub your hands together to remove the paint. Add more turpentine or solvent as needed until all of the paint has been removed.

  3. Wash your hands with soap and water to remove the turpentine or solvent and the paint residue. Dry your hands with a clean towel.

Warning

  • Be careful when using turpentine or solvent. Both are highly flammable and have strong fumes, and they should be used only in a well-ventilated area.
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