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I should have worn gloves but sadly I didn't. Now I have yellow stuff all over my hands. I got most of the stickiness to go away by using WD-40. Is there anything that will get this off without giving me chemical burns?

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it will naturaly come off- your hands secrease an oil all the time. Even super glue will come off after a few day. Just keep on washing with laods of soap/ mechanics grit degrease / scrubbing(not to blead).. eventually it will come off.. next time wear gloves. – ppumkin Aug 16 '11 at 19:21
Great Stuff is a sneaky marketing name. Anyone who has had it go somewhere they didn't desire can attest to that, as you can now. Not only do you need gloves, you need somewhere to put the can where it can safely drip (or explode) between uses. – BMitch Aug 16 '11 at 19:30
@BMitch: Yep :) I have used it before but this was a messy period. I just found Great Stuff wipes that works to clean up Great Stuff messes. – staticx Aug 16 '11 at 19:35
We had some high school volunteers on site that helped with caulking and insulating. Someone had the bright idea to wipe off the excess Great Stuff on our newly painted wall. They weren't invited back. This was also the same group that thought that wearing a fuzzy black glove while wiping away excess caulk would keep their fingers from getting cold. Doh. – BMitch Aug 16 '11 at 20:16
Best bet, just cut off your hands and get fitted with some nice hooks. – JohnFx Aug 23 '11 at 3:29

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Without looking, I think most of these adhesive foams dissolve with acetone. The first thing I'd try would be nail polish remover, or possibly Goof Off.

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ah good point... going to ask the wife for some acetone. – staticx Aug 16 '11 at 20:45
Did it work, 0A0D? – JohnFx Aug 23 '11 at 3:30
Polyurethane DOES NOT dissolve with acetone, ask me how I know.... – Matthew Oct 19 '12 at 23:18
Natural skin oils working underneath it cause it to start releasing in a day or two. No need to poison yourself trying to get it off. Urethane glue is pretty nasty stuff, foam isn't the only thing out there that's as enduring once it hits your skin. – Fiasco Labs Oct 20 '12 at 1:49
I've tried using acetone to clean off Great Stuff, and it works before it dries. After the foam dried, acetone fails. – Pigrew Nov 4 '12 at 6:10

Wash your hands with Olive Oil! My wife had Great Stuff all over her hands and it removed easily with Olive Oil and then a quick wash with Orange Go-Jo.

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had cured foam on my kitchen counter. tried many, many products and the ONLY thing that removed it ALL was "GOOF OFF" Professional Strength and a fine stiff bristle brush... nothing left! Dow website claims that nothing will remove the cured polyurethane(?) of Great Stuff, but this did!

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Once Great Stuff foam hardens, it can only be removed via abrasive means (such as sandpaper). Water causes it to harden. Before it hardens, it can be removed with acetone. Be careful with acetone because it toxic (You can find a copy of the acetone MSDS online for details on its safety).

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I was wearing flimsy gloves and somehow ended up with it on my hands anyway. What worked for me was a bit of Windex (I used that on my floor when some fell there and nothing else would clean it off), then a soapy handwash in room temperature water followed by a blob (really rubbed in well into my fingers and hands) of my Anti-bacterial Deep Cleansing Hand Sanitizer from Bath & Body Works. It worked! My hands are dry as dust, but I got it off. I did all of this within 15 minutes of it happening so I don't know the results if it sets for a while.

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I tried paint thinner, acetone, alcohol, mechanics hand scrub, WD-40, Goo Gone, hand sanitizer, dish soap, course hand wipes, makeup remover, etc. the only thing that got most of mine off after it had cured was soaking in hot water until hands softened, and then scrubbed with a pumice stone. It got most of it off!

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A lot of mechanics use Orange-based hand cleaners. Home depot has one:

Heavy Duty Hand Cleaner

Link to Homedepot.com

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It says "use gloves" on the can for a reason, as most of us has found out the hard way I think :)

Don't use this on your hands, but I've had luck getting it off a linoleum/vinyl kitchen floor by using tile grout remover (a paste that comes in a tube) and a stiff plastic brush.

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I did the same thing I do in the wintertime to relieve my dry skin. I slathered petroleum jelly (or Albolene facial makeup remover) on my hands and then put on white cotton gloves. I left them on for several hours (or you could sleep in them). The Great Stuff's stickiness was gone.

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Olive oil works nicely to remove it.

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Olive, pecan or other cooking oil followed with an orange based cleaner/degreaser and the scrubbing side of a dish sponge worked for me. Remember to wear gloves.

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Use 150 grit sand paper.

Wait till your hands are dry and sand it off. You'll go through a whole pack because skin wears down paper. It will not only remove Great Stuff but also the stains it leaves.

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You sand all the way down to the skin? – Niall C. Jun 14 '13 at 22:37
Anything that is hard will sand nicely away from the skin. The sand-paper will not bite the skin as much because of its softness. Decades ago, women used sandpaper for hair removal. – Kaz Jun 14 '13 at 23:02

This is a harsh product but it works better than most: Lacquer thinner. You can find it at Home Depot, Lowe's, etc. Use in a well ventilated area as this is highly flammable.

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Yes, I knew better and it happened to me. If it has not cured WD-40 will work, which is what caused the problem for me. I got some on my hands took it off with WD-40, which gave me confidence I could get it off.

After it cures nothing works. It is no miracle, but it does speed the process up. If it is only a little, it will work well. Lotion, Lotion, Lotion, so much lotion your hands turn to prunes, like I said it is no miracle, but does speed it up.

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After my mother picked pieces of her skin off, used olive oil method with commercial degresser, and acetone, hand sanitizer(bath and body works Stress relief HAHAHAHAH), rubbing alcohol, gasoline, and plain soap and water. She accidently came upon orange glo furniture 2 in 1 polish.....it took it off. Like a miracle, still have to pick up goof off but did well.

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After foam has dried on hands, hydrate hands in warm to hot water for approximately three to five minutes (simpler done while bathing in tub) use a cheap (dollar store) disposal razor and of course carefully shave (soap not necessary) the foam off--take note this is done by way of feel as in shaving one's face.

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