It was super fun to make, and to see how much little man loved his new ride.
It WASN’T so fun to have him love it while it was still wet.
Of course, spray paint isn’t like acrylic paint that just washes off. Nope, it’s oil based, and because of the fine particulate nature, it can’t just be peeled off like other paints. In a word, it is a PAIN.
So I panicked when little man hugged his new car. And got black spray paint ALL. OVER. HIS. HANDS.
I threw him in a soapy bathtub and started scrubbing. Water made it stickier and worse. I imagined my husband coming home and killing me. I tried scrubbing hard (not ideal on a 2 year old), I tried baby oil (worthless), I removed the paint off myself with fingernail polish remover (not something I wanted to use on baby skin.)
I reached out to some fellow bloggers, and Pam from PB&J Stories was my savior.
Her suggestion? Vegetable oil!
I rubbed it into little man’s hands and the black started working its way out of his skin. At this point, there was no water in the tub- you NEED running water during this process, or the black oil residue will just get all over the place. Wash a little off as you go along until the skin is no longer oily. If you still have a little paint left on the skin, rub in some more oil, and keep rubbing/rinsing until it is gone.
Two baths later… and we have a good deal of the paint gone. His hair, however, might be history if we can’t cut out the black drips tomorrow. Sad mommy.
At least the project was worth it!
After we got most of it out with veggie oil, my favorite lady who lives in a white house with black shutters, Ann Marie, sent me this awesome blog post with another super useful tip!