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urgent - cleaning shoe polish off your hands

Discussion in 'Health & Body' started by globetrotter, Jun 11, 2006.

  1. globetrotter

    globetrotter Senior member

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    anybody know how to get shoe polish off your hands completly?
     
  2. Clockwork Muffin

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    Acetone helps, but I've never been able to completly remove it right away.

    When people ask why my index finger is black, I tell them I just voted in Iraq.
     
  3. dah328

    dah328 Senior member

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    either a solvent-based cleaner or the gritty soap you find in auto repair shops works for me.
     
  4. VMan

    VMan Senior member

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    I agree with Dan - some sort of degreaser or solvent, coupled with that citrus-y liquid pumice soap.
     
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    DNW Senior member

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    Try Orange cleaners found at hardware stores and some supermarkets. It takes car oil and grease clean off with little effort. I imagine it works well for shoe polish too.
     
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    Dmax Senior member

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    I couldn't to get Meltonian off my hands for two days. One of the reason I switched to all Saphir cream and polish.

    Not much help, I know.
     
  7. Girardian

    Girardian Senior member

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    I've been there -- didn't try the above, and couldn't get it off.

    I did buy some gloves for the next polish go round.
     
  8. stach

    stach Senior member

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    Rub in some cold cream or vasaline on your hands etc. before you polish, It creates a barrier for the polish.
     
  9. CoryB

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    Use gloves when polishing. You can buy a 100 pack of gloves for less than $15.
     
  10. Charley

    Charley Senior member

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    I usually apply conditioner - using my fingers - before polishing. the "oil" in the conditioner seems to slightly protect the skin from absorbing the polish. I've not had a problem in simply washing it off, if I've used the conditioner first. Otherwise it does take a bit of rubbing with the liquid soap.
     
  11. Michael39

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    I have found that regular ole Clorox Bleach removes polish from my hands quickly and easily. Also, Allen Edmonds shoe cleaner/conditioner also worked to remove polish from my hands, although not as quickly. Acetone barely works--not worth the effort and citrus cleaners are marginally effective. Hope this helps.
     
  12. lawyerdad

    lawyerdad Senior member

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    I've had good luck with hot water and Lava soap.
     
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    I have found that regular ole Clorox Bleach removes polish from my hands quickly and easily. Also, Allen Edmonds shoe cleaner/conditioner also worked to remove polish from my hands, although not as quickly. Acetone barely works--not worth the effort and citrus cleaners are marginally effective. Hope this helps.

    I am no dermatologist, but something tells me bleach + hands = bad idea...

    The leather conditioner idea seems like a better option, somehow.

    BTW, welcome to Styleforum... nice to see a first post that is not "job suit" or "black suit?" [​IMG]
     
  14. rjmaiorano

    rjmaiorano Senior member

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    I've had good luck with hot water and Lava soap.

    +1
     
  15. sho'nuff

    sho'nuff Senior member

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    this question comes up alot.


    spray a little 409 between the fingers and rub , then wash off with hot water. repeat if necessary
     
  16. globetrotter

    globetrotter Senior member

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    boy, this thread brings back memories. it was the day before I started my present job, and I polished all of my shoes well, and then found my hands were spotted black and I really dind't want to start work that way.
     
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    a dish soap usually is fantastic. they are hard core
     
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    PCyclone Well-Known Member

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    I just searched for this topic because I had this problem, but then I found the solution: Brillo pad.
     
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    Stylin-1 Senior member

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    I just searched for this topic because I had this problem, but then I found the solution: Brillo pad.

    We have a winner. Surprised it took until the second page. I just use the scrubber side of the dish sponge with some liquid soap.
     
  20. vitaminc

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    Use gloves when polishing. You can buy a 100 pack of gloves for less than $15.

    fuck gloves, go bare back

    cleaning shoe polish? hot water + dish soap work fine for me. not sure if it will work for shoe polishing stands.
     

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