Simple Tip – Cleaning Spray Paint off Skin

While painting 16 pairs of shutters this weekend, I’ve lost a few million brain cells and ruined my comfiest pair of flip flops.



If my flip flops look like that, then what do my feet look like…


Your simple tip for Saturday, if you want to clean spray paint off skin QUICKLY and SAFELY:

you ready?



Spread a bit of olive oil on the painted skin, scrub with an old washcloth, add a bit of soap, and rinse. Repeat a few times if you have to (I did).


After about eight minutes, I no longer looked like I just stepped out of a coal mine…


Also works when you somehow get paint inside your nose.

Don’t ask me how I know… lol


  1. says

    oooh! Great tip, thanks!:) And Im sorry but I just have to say it: it looks like you glazed your toenails:) I cant wait to see your house all shuttered up! I just found Brand new shutters(18 pr) this morning on my local CL for $10 a pair. And theyre already the color we would need. Its SO tempting!

  2. says

    I can't wait to see the finished project! I didn't know how to get paint off skin…thanks for the tip. I do however, wear a mask when I spray paint, I don't like the thought of that paint being inhaled. If it gets in your nose, some probably gets to your lungs…Yuck!

  3. says

    Lol Oh my! That's some serious paint on your feet! Hahaha That's too funny. I don't think your flip flops are ruined, they're just getting a make-over! I figure, just spray them the rest of the way, and call them new. :D

  4. says

    I am SO glad I saw this today…been painting pumpkins this morning and my whole left hand has a nice metallic glow in fall colors. :) I'm definitely going to go try this one! Thanks :o)Missy

  5. says

    ahh…i spray paint EVERYTHING!! I spray paint things i am pretty sure you are not supposed to spray paint but i love it! and am ALLLWAYS getting it all over me…great tip! Thanks for visiting me @ How Sweet It Is. looking forward to reading more about you!@

  6. says

    Not sure how I found your blog, but I'm glad I did! :)

  7. says

    lol – I seriously snort-laughed when I read the paint in nose part! haha But thanks so much for the tip. I am filing it away in my noodle :)[email protected]

  8. Krysta says

    I used salt with the olive oil and the paint came off instantly. A bonus: my skin is baby soft where I used this method. :)

  9. Michelle Lee says

    Great tip, thank you! I just finished spray painting my dresser and am covered in black spray paint, literally from head to toe. Your tip worked beautifully and I can now see my red nails and my nose hairs are no longer clumped together (gross!). Next time I think I’ll try to cover myself in olive oil before I begin painting, maybe cleanup will be a little easier.

    • says

      Haha! I’m glad to hear it worked. And LOL I totally forgot about the nose hairs, that happens to me all the time. BLEH.

      Let me know how that works out and try not to sit in the sun too long, you might start cooking. :)

  10. Mikayla says

    omg thx so much I have school tomorrow and my hands where nothing but black this helped so much less then 10mins <3 your lifesavers

  11. Lehigh says

    Hi, I am so glad to find this article today. I’ve been painting and needed to find a way to get it off of my hands and face – the wind changed direction on me – without using harsh chemicals. The olive oil worked like a charm. Thank you. Now I’m looking forward to reading more of what you have on your blog.

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