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Jan Janowski
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OK --- Now that I have it on my hands.... How to get it off?

Got some of that Insulation foam on my hands.... Paint thinner didn't take much off, and maybe made it worse... Alcohol didn't help, and soap of any kind won't budge it...
now that it has dried....

How to get it off?
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CylonRed
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Bloom County
»www.ehow.com/how_6763024_remove-···nds.html

Some have mentioned using gas as well - use at your own peril though...
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Lagz
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The Rock
said by CylonRed:

»www.ehow.com/how_6763024_remove-···nds.html

Some have mentioned using gas as well - use at your own peril though...

My dad used gas for cleaning everything including his hands.
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MrFixit1

join:1999-11-26
Madison, WI

1 recommendation

reply to Jan Janowski
There are actually products on the market for this
»encrypted.google.com/search?q=Fo···nnel=rcs
The good news is that as your skin naturally wears off , the foam will release .
One trick you could try is your favorite oil . Would recommend a cooking oil over motor oil . As noted in the other link , petrolem jelly also helps .
I am willing to bet you will never again forget the disposable gloves !
Yes that is also the way I had to learn


alkizmo

join:2007-06-25
Pierrefonds, QC
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reply to Jan Janowski
A hard bristled brush and scrubbing.
Whatever's left will come off in a few days with time (Skin sheds).

PrntRhd
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Fairfield, CA
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reply to Jan Janowski
Remove Foam Sealant from Skin
(from Mr Fixit's link:)
1

Wipe moist foam with a cloth saturated in acetone nail polish remover.
2

Rub petroleum jelly on the foam dried to hands or fingers.
3

Place your hands in a plastic glove and wear for one hour.
4

Rinse the petroleum jelly and foam off your hands with warm, soapy water.


LazMan
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canada
reply to Jan Janowski
I've actually had good luck using cheap (as in dollar-store) dish soap to remove spray foam from my hands; along with hot water and some elbow grease. Also seems to work well for latex paint...


tschmidt
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reply to Jan Janowski
The foam sticks to everything including skin. I've not used chemicals. Just wash the area and peal off as much as you can. Over the next few days normal skin oil will loosen the bond allowing it to be pealed/scrubbed off.

Hair is another story.

/tom


ilikeme
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Sugar Land, TX
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reply to Jan Janowski
Try Dawn dish soap.


jester121
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Lake Zurich, IL

7 recommendations

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zach3
Zach
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Saint Louis, MO
reply to Jan Janowski
Acetone will take it right off.


ropeguru
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Mechanicsville, VA
reply to Jan Janowski
What zach3 See Profile said.


nunya
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O Fallon, MO
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reply to Jan Janowski
Acetone, Lava soap, or time.


sempergoofy
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Smyrna, GA

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Acetone used to be (and perhaps may still be, I dunno) a primary ingredient of finger nail polish remover.
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cdru
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What Jester121 recommends, except I'd replace one of the wheels with a wire wheel.

And next time use some of these.


ROCINANTE
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reply to Jan Janowski
Try some WD40. I used some to get some roofing tar off my hands. It isn't as harsh on the skin as other chemicals.
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Pacrat
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+1 ^ WD-40 works very well on crap like that.

Acetone will also work, but be prepared to use a good moisturizer afterward. Acetone will dry the skin quite severely, and yes, it is still the main ingredient in most fingernail polish removers.
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reply to Jan Janowski
said by Jan Janowski:

Got some of that Insulation foam on my hands.... Paint thinner didn't take much off, and maybe made it worse... Alcohol didn't help, and soap of any kind won't budge it...
now that it has dried....

How to get it off?

Goof-Off, which has a high amount of acetone and xylene, works. I also use it for cleaning thermal paste off heat sinks and CPUs.
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Jan Janowski
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reply to Jan Janowski
No acetone at home or work... But I do have WD-40. Thanks for the idea!

Will try that tonight.... Minimized it somewhat by washing my hands with soap every 30 min or so.... It's beginning to wear off...

Yeah, my wife said same thing about never forgetting to put on disposable rubber gloves again (Which we DO have!)
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8744675

join:2000-10-10
Decatur, GA
reply to Jan Janowski
Get Goof-Off at a hardware store or Home Depot. It will take anything off. I use it to get the sticky foam of my hands as soon as I finish. It's harder to get off once it dries.

Wear rubber exam gloves from a drug store when you're working with foam. They're better than the loose fitting plastic baggie gloves that come with some foam products. Makes it easier to use your finger to smooth things out. Worst case, use a sandwich baggie on your hand.


Pacrat
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reply to Jan Janowski
»wd40.com/files/pdf/wd-40_2042538679.pdf

It's pretty versatile!!!


seaquake
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Millersville, MD
reply to Jan Janowski
Had this happen to me with foaming insulation. Per the can's instructions, I used petroleum jelly and kept wringing my hands together. Took a good bit of time but it flaked off without removing the skin.

peterboro
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reply to Jan Janowski
I love me lacquer thinner and take it where ever I go. Ok, not everywhere but if I'm going to do something like spray foam, or anything that dries and sticks, I have it ready to go.


Doctor Olds
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reply to Jan Janowski
Kresto cleaner
»www.krestohandcleaner.com/87044.html
quote:
High performance hand cleaner designed to quickly and effectively clean extra heavy duty industrial dirt. It contains a very low concentration of safe solvent, making it much easier on the skin than old style high solvent products.

It contains ASTOPON a biodegradable walnut shell scrubber and Eucornol for conditioning.

Manufacturer: Stockhausen.

Applications: Grease, oil, grime, ink, carbon black, sewer sludge, and adhesives.
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Jan Janowski
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Skokie, IL
reply to Jan Janowski
WD40 helped a bit... But the best was washing my hands every 30 min, and then putting wife's hand lotion on them when dry... and repeating in 30 min
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treetop1000

join:2003-11-07
Lexington, KY
reply to Jan Janowski
Diesel fuel works well too. And have had some success with -any- motor oil (used or new).


AMDUSER
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reply to sempergoofy
It still is [based on a Google search], is is also in paint thinner as well.

Aranarth

join:2011-11-04
Stanwood, MI
reply to Jan Janowski
My mom used to make my dad put on some hand lotion on his hands before doing any work on the car or using the spray foam etc. Dad admitted it did seem to help get the gunk off later if he remembered to use it.


Jan Janowski
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reply to AMDUSER
My use of Paint Thinner just helped to spread it around, it didn't remove any of it...

said by AMDUSER:

It still is [based on a Google search], is is also in paint thinner as well.


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nunya
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The correct answer has already been given several times - it's acetone.
It's cheap and available at almost any hardware store or beauty supply store. I'll bet your wife already has some. A lot of nail polish remover has acetone in it still.
I just looked at my wife's, and it says "100% Acetone".

I have a can on the shelf from Home Depot specifically for cleaning up spray foam "incidents". It was $5.00.
Her bottle from Sally Beauty was $1.59 (The same amount I got from HD for $5.00!!!).
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