How to remove foam sealant from your hands

Written by larry parr
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Foam sealant is designed to stick to almost anything--and it also sticks to skin. The manufacturer warns you should wear gloves when using a foam sealant. Fortunately foam sealant is nontoxic, so having it stuck to your hands is not a health issue. Removing foam sealant from the hands before the foam has cured is generally not a problem--the problem arises when the foam has completely dried on the hands.

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Things you need

  • Acetone
  • Rubbing alcohol (91 per cent)
  • Pumice stone
  • Petroleum jelly
  • Plastic glove
  • Clean cloth

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  1. 1

    Douse your hands with 91 per cent rubbing alcohol or acetone (nail polish remover) if the foam has not set (dried), and then wipe vigorously with a clean cloth. Do not wash with water as water speeds up the curing time of the foam and only makes matters worse.

  2. 2

    Soak your hands in a shallow dish of 91 per cent rubbing alcohol if the foam has already set on your hands. Soak for 10 minutes and then gently rub with a pumice stone.

  3. 3

    Wash your hands with hot, soapy water and continue gently scraping with the pumice stone if Step 2 did not remove all of the foam.

  4. 4

    Rub petroleum jelly on any remaining foam and then cover your hand with a plastic glove. Wait for at least an hour and then wash vigorously with hot, soapy water and rub with a pumice stone.

  5. 5

    Repeat Step 4 if necessary. Any remaining foam will come off of your hands over time.

Tips and warnings

  • Wear gloves and long sleeves whenever working with foam sealant.
  • Wipe foam sealant off of skin immediately, before it has dried.

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