How to Get Paint Dye Off Skin

by Dan Taylor

A beautiful dye job might leave you with not-so-beautiful stains on your fingers, hands and other parts of your body. Scrubbing those deep-set stains with soap and water is typically not enough to do the trick unless you do it immediately, so you might wonder what it will take to get those spots out of your skin. It can take a bit of extra effort, but with the right products you will be able to get that paint dye out for good.

Items you will need

  • Butter or margarine
  • Mild soap
  • Petroleum jelly
  • Skin cream or lotion
  • Citrus cleaner
  • High-pH hand cleaner
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Step 1

Spread butter or margarine on the skin. The oil in it will separate the paint from the skin, which should allow you to peel it off. Wash the skin with mild soap and water afterward.

Step 2

Put petroleum jelly on the stain, or use some skin cream or lotion. This sometimes works just as well as butter or margarine. Again, wash with mild soap and water.

Step 3

Use a citrus cleaner with tiny granules in it if the above options don't work. Gently scrub the hands for a few minutes and then wash with soap and water.

Step 4

Apply a soap or hand cleaner that has a high pH level. This will help strip out the dye.

Tips & Warnings

  • Some substances commonly used for paint removal should never be used on the skin. Avoid using harsh paint-removing chemicals such as turpentine, which are toxic and will cause rashes or chemical burns in extreme cases. Do not use bleach or ammonia, as they are also skin irritants and will produce dangerous fumes when mixed together.

About the Author

Based in the Washington, D.C., area, Dan Taylor has been a professional journalist since 2004. He has been published in the "Baltimore Sun" and "The Washington Times." He started as a reporter for a newspaper in southwest Virginia and now writes for "Inside the Navy." He holds a Bachelor of Arts in government with a journalism track from Patrick Henry College.

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