Many people find it easier to do something on their own than paying for someone to do it. With the Internet in so many houses, it is now possible to learn how to do just about anything yourself. People have been painting themselves, however, since before the Internet age. With so many people painting their homes by themselves as opposed to paying for a professional, the day has come when people need to know how to remove paint they've gotten on their skin due to their "doing-it-themselves".

  • Soap
  • Water
  • Butter OR
  • Margarine

Wash the paint with soap and warm water. If the paint is water based and still wet, this may be the only step necessary to remove the paint. If the paint is dry, but still water based, this may still be the only necessary step. If the paint is oil based and just doesn't want to come off, see further steps.

Continue washing hands (especially if the paint is still wet) until you've gotten all you can. If it appears that you've removed all of the paint, continue washing for another minute or two, as this will remove any residue.

Rub your hands with butter or margarine. This will make it difficult for the paint to adhere to your skin. After rubbing the paint with the butter or margarine, once again wash your hands with warm water and soap. This will not only remove the butter or margarine, but also any left over pieces of paint stuck to your hair.

Rub hands with petroleum jelly or lotion if you do not have any butter or margarine. This will work in much the same way as the oils in the butter/margarine do by not letting the paint adhere to your skin. Once again make sure to wash your hands after using this method. This will remove any lotion and remaining paint.

Use a citrus cleaner to remove the paint if you do not have butter, margarine, petroleum jelly, or lotion. This is about the only chemical you should use to remove the paint. As with all above methods, wash hands with soap and warm water afterwards to get any leftover residue. If you have a few difficult spots, do not worry. They will come off after a shower or two, or just by continuing to wash with soap and warm water.

  • When painting, it is best to make sure not to overload your paintbrush or roller. This will ensure you get as little paint on you as possible.

About the Author

Curtis Fease

Curtis Fease started writing professionally in 2007. He has a dual bachelor's degree in psychology and criminal justice from Augusta State University.