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How to remove acrylic paint from skin

Updated November 21, 2016

Acrylic paint is fast-drying, so unless it's removed immediately from skin, it can be hard to take off. Acrylics can be diluted with water when wet, but once dry, water will not be able to take them off. Techniques other than the traditional soap-and-water method must be used. A combination of oil and rubbing alcohol can be used to take spilt acrylic paint off of skin.

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  1. Pour baby oil over the paint stain on your skin.

  2. Use your fingers to rub the oil into the paint to help break it up. Use your fingernails to gently scrape the paint off.

  3. Pour a small amount of rubbing alcohol on a cotton ball.

  4. Dab it on the paint that didn't come off with baby oil.

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Things You'll Need

  • Cotton ball
  • Baby oil
  • Rubbing alcohol

About the Author

Megan Richardson began her career as a freelance writer and editor in 2009. She has experience in public relations and event planning, and she worked as a writer's assistant to a published author for more than a year. Her work has also appeared in "The Daily Sentinel." Richardson holds a Bachelor of Arts in communication and journalism from Stephen F. Austin State University

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