Warning: This post contains photos of short stubby hands that have never seen a professional manicure. Those of you with a heightened sense of fashion may find them disturbing. Proceed at your own risk.
I am a messy painter. I'm a messy cook too for that matter. I am pretty much always wearing an apron so I don't ruin all of my clothes. Because there are not very many days in my existence that I am not cooking or painting, or working on some other craft project.
I am always getting paint on my hands. Latex based paint is not hard to get off, it washes right off with some soap and water. But primer? That is an entirely different story my friends. It is a challenge to remove. When I painted my kitchen last month, I got primer all over my hands. Could. Not. Get. It. Off. I asked my twitter buddies if they had any clever ideas for removing primer from skin. I got replies from everything to nail polish remover and GooGone, to using a belt sander. (Um, thanks Char.)
I tried the nail polish remover and the GooGone. Not the belt sander. They worked, but I still had to do a fair amount of skin scraping. And deal with the nasty chemical smell. Then last week I had to go back and paint my window frame because I missed it the first time around. When I was finished, my hands looked something like this:
I'm not a huge fan of using chemicals on my skin, so I wanted to use something else. I remembered that the oil in peanut butter can remove gum. I wondered if oil would help remove primer. So I poured about a teaspoon of vegetable oil in my hands and rubbed it around. Then I added a squirt of soap and some water and lathered up. And guess what?
The oil and soap mixture removed the primer better than any of the chemicals I tried!!!
Disclaimer: The makers of vegetable oil did not compensate me in any way for recommending their product as a paint remover. In fact, they are still under the assumption that I am buying their product to actually make food.