Step 2: Get latex paint off of skin

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I've worked as a painter for a couple of years, and one thing was certain: I ended up with paint on me. Somewhere.

Latex paints and primers are sneaky. Sometimes they just rub off like rubber cement, other times they'll stay in your knuckles for a couple of days. Whenever some Lava soap couldn't get all the Lemon Ice or Chesapeake Gray paint off of my hands, baby oil would come to the rescue.

Rub a little onto the part of your body covered in paint using a cotton ball, shop towel, napkin, or anything else you've got on hand that will absorb the baby oil. Rub in concentric circles from the outside in without applying too much pressure. This isn't a scrub, it's more a gentle, localized massage. You can scrub to your heart's content after you've washed it off with some soap and water, once you feel you've made some progress with the oil.

This worked when I dropped a five gallon bucket of paint on myself while on a ladder in a Sears, because five gallons manages to get past the normal problem areas (hands, arms, flecks on the face from rolling out a ceiling) and into some unusual locations that could be sensitive to paint thinner. Presumably the oil degrades the latex to the point that it will flake off. This is why condom + baby oil = one beautiful bundle of joy 9 months later.
KronoNaut5 months ago

Also removes oil based paints better than paint thinner.

bullfrogs4 years ago
After cleaning your stainless steel sink or appliances, or dishwasher etc, use baby oil on a soft towel to cover and prevent fingerprints. Wipe on with the grain Looks good to.
KellyCraig4 years ago
For those of you interested in treating your furniture with lemon oil products, be aware the "lemon oil" products you purchase downtown are just mineral oil with a lemon scent. Using straight mineral oil will give you the same effect.

If your furniture isn't coated with wax, whether from Pledge or some other product, you can apply "tung oil finish," pure tung oil (polymerized is preferred) or boiled linseed oil. The latter two may emit an odor longer than the finish, which is just thinned linseed oil with resin, thus, a wiping finish. These will harden and, if thinned for application (the finish is already thinned), will soak in just as the mineral oil would.
And the shiny oil attracts and holds dust which accumulates to grime.
dseitz4 years ago
Apply BEFORE painting to your face, arms and hands! It'll really help removing paint speckles after.
If your going to be doing heavy duty painting then use petroleum jelly instead.
Kaelessin4 years ago
Perhaps that equation at the end is the reason it's called "Baby Oil"


LoL ;)