Matt Palmer

Some paint jobs require you to prime the walls first. This is done the same way you paint a wall with wall paint. That means it is just as messy. You are likely to get some of the primer on your skin. Primer can be just as hard to remove as paint, but there are a few tips you can use that will help you get your skin clean again.

Use an exfoliant to remove the primer. If you don't have a store-bought exfoliant you can make one by adding some sand to your hand lotion. The sand will break the primer up like it does with the dead skin. Place the exfoliant on the spot on your skin that has the primer on it and rub in a circle. Rinse off with plain water and a wash cloth.

Slice up an orange or a lemon, whichever you have handy. Now squeeze the juice out over the area of your skin that has the primer on it. Let it sit for a minute so that the acid in the citrus fruit can break up the primer. Rinse off with some plain water and a wash cloth.

Pour baby oil over the primer on your skin and rub it in. If you use a wash cloth you will begin to see the primer on the wash cloth. The baby oil actually soaks up the primer. Rinse off with pure water and repeat if it doesn't all come off with the first try.

Microwave a stick of butter for 30 seconds. Wipe the butter over the primer. Wait a few minutes and then you will be able to just peel the primer off your skin. You will then need to wash with some dish washing liquid to get the grease from the butter off of your skin.

Find a loofah sponge or one that has a hard surface. Use some hand soap and some warm water to create a foam. Spread it over your skin that's covered in primer. Scrub the area with your loofah until the paint begins to loosen. Run some water over the skin to see what areas you missed and repeat.


You shouldn't wait for the primer to dry if it is possible to wash it off while it is still wet.


Don't use paint thinner on your skin, as it is really a harsh chemical.

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