Learned something today. Don't get this stuff on you.

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by hkruss, Apr 6, 2012.

  1. hkruss

    hkruss Active Member

    Mar 13, 2008
    Mobile, Al.
    You ever use that expanding foam that comes in a can? It's called, 'Great Stuff' foam.
    Wish I had read on the can where it says to wear gloves. Do NOT get this stuff on your skin. Of course, that's what I did. If I could have wiped it off immediately with acetone, I probably could have got it off. But I was on a ladder, determined to finish so "I'll just clean my hands later". Bad decision.
    I tried gasoline, acetone, rubbing alcohol, 409, Comet, Dawn detergent and soap in conjunction with a scrub pad. I even tried Hoppes #9 just to see what it would do! I'm not kidding. ... Nothing.
    Apparently, acetone will work if it hasn't set up yet, but I waited too long. Now I have black crap on my hands that will not come off! The best results I've had have come from scraping the skin with a knife.
    So unless any of you guys have some suggestions on some super high power black magic cleaner, I guess I will have this mess on me until the skin sloughs off.

    Lesson learned. I will never do that again!

  2. woolleyworm

    woolleyworm Well-Known Member

    Feb 23, 2009
    SW Fort Worth
    it's pretty much gonna be there until the skin falls off; it's great stuff, just as advertised, but a nightmare to clean off of anything once it's set up. A long hot shower is the only thing that helps slightly from my experience.

  3. Neverhome

    Neverhome Member

    Oct 1, 2007
    Try WD40.

  4. 76Highboy

    76Highboy Well-Known Member

    Jan 1, 2012
    Thanks for the warning. I hope you get it off in short order.
  5. Country101

    Country101 Well-Known Member

    Feb 28, 2004
    NW AR
    yeah, it sticks pretty good. it'll flake off in a couple days.
  6. Jerryboy

    Jerryboy Well-Known Member

    Mar 8, 2012
    wow, sounds like you're in a sticky situation! I know it's easy to get attached to things sometimes. perhaps you should call a professional on the foam and see if he would be willing to part with something that will help remove it :D
  7. Zane71464

    Zane71464 Well-Known Member

    Aug 1, 2009
    Ohio NRA Member
    it just about has to "wear" off. it's great stuff for the intended pupose and works well.
    And one thing you will never get it off of, is your clothes.
    I got into a mess with it in a tight space and got it ALL over a good pair of jeans, never
    did wash out. If you ever use the stuff to fill a synthetic stock on a rifle, be sure and tape
    the stock off really well.
  8. TheGunClinger

    TheGunClinger Well-Known Member Supporting Member

  9. gvw3

    gvw3 Well-Known Member Supporting Member

    Oct 16, 2011
    Chicago IL Area
    It will wear off in a few days.
  10. H-D

    H-D Active Member

    Jun 20, 2011
    THIS ^
    I did it too a while back
  11. jbrescue

    jbrescue New Member

    Mar 8, 2012
    N. Ridgeville, Ohio
    Hopefully you didn't get it on your clothes. It will never come off. That has to be one of the stickiest substances on Earth.
  12. whichfinger

    whichfinger New Member

    Jan 5, 2008
    Meh. Piece o' cake.

  13. Nighthawk

    Nighthawk New Member

    Aug 22, 2006
    South Central Texas
  14. Rocketman1

    Rocketman1 Well-Known Member

    Jan 1, 2010
    Columbus, Ohio
    Get something called "Krud Kutter" available at Home Depot. It is a waste paint hardener.
    It will work!
  15. pickenup

    pickenup Active Member

    I picked up a can today, so I can use it tomorrow.
    I believe I will wear some gloves. ;)

    Thanks for the warning.
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