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How do I remove plastic-based dye from my hands?

Asked by ezraglenn (3481points) April 22nd, 2009

I spent the last several hours making plastic molds of barbie heads in various colors for my sculpture class, and the dye I was using is plastic based (because if it was anything else-based it wouldn’t let the plastic cure/harden). I was really careful about wearing gloves until the last one, when I covered both of my hands in the thick green dye. Am I destined forever to be hand-zilla, or is there a way to get this crap off?
(Of course I’ve tried various types of soaps and hot water (including gojo) and it hasn’t helped. Also, my hands are all weird and filmy.) :(

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FGS's avatar

Try acetone (finger nail polish remover)

nomtastic's avatar

this will take a while to wear off, but another abrasive you can try is a mixture of coarse cornmeal and olive oil.

(btw, acetone is really toxic, and will cause your skin to absorb some of the dye.)

jahono's avatar

What’s a plastic-based dye? Either way alcohols, ethers, ketones, aliphatic and aromatic hydrocarbons all dissolve oil based dyes and because they’re all polar molecules they dissolve water soluble dyes as well. All bases covered.
Acetone is one of these (a ketone), companies use it as epoxy remover for your hands. Methylated spirits (alcohol) easy to get your hands on too.

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