expanding foam on hands!

Discussion in 'Builders' Talk' started by Kevin NE, Oct 7, 2004.

  1. Kevin NE

    Kevin NE New Member

    to cut a long story short i have expanding foam all over my hands. tried wipes that said would get it off, no luck and tried turps no luck! any clues??
  2. Nonails

    Nonails New Member

    Try time, probably about a week before its all off. Doesn't do too much harm in the meantime in my experience :)
  3. Kevin NE

    Kevin NE New Member

    cheers. it may harm my love life!
  4. Thermo

    Thermo New Member

    AHHHH the curse of bealzebub!!! I hope youve not got really big frothy bits on there, or you will look stupid if you leave it for a week. Try nail varnish remover. Not sure if it will work, but on my can it says to use it on any surfaces it has got onto. Horrible stuff i hate it!
  5. PowerTool

    PowerTool New Member

    No easy answer - the foam cures quicker if you add water,so it may be able to be peeled off - or,it might bring the top layer of skin with it :(
  6. Mr GrimNasty

    Mr GrimNasty Active Member

    SF do a foam eater D24412 - but goodness knows if it's OK for skin? It breaks down in sunlight - try a UV lamp? Use disposable gloves next time - you really don't want this stuff on your skin or to breathe the fumes. The chemicals are irritant and probably carcinogens.
  7. bodget&scarpers

    bodget&scarpers New Member

    try unicorn milk,no 4 a fact its good.
  8. gadget man

    gadget man Screwfix Select

    As Thermo says, nail varnish remover!!
  9. Chippy John

    Chippy John New Member

    A rasp ought to do it.
  10. chappers

    chappers Member

    sorry mate nothing for but amputation
    DIY womble likes this.
  11. bobcat

    bobcat New Member

    Hi Mate,
    I did the same thing the other day as I did not use the plastic gloves supplied - well who does? they would last a bout 5 seconds! I got it off with a pumice stone (stone or plastic bar thingy that women use to remove rough skin from feet etc). It's a bit like sandpaper and you can keep at it whilst showering or bathing as the water acts as a lube and also washes away the crud - good luck, it does work, wear some marigolds next time!!!!
  12. Dewy

    Dewy New Member

    cheers. it may harm my love life!

    Thats more likely to happen if you dont wear rubber gloves when applying deap heat cream.
    Go to the loo after and it will make poor John Thomas burn like made and stand to attention all night.
    The wife will get up with a beaming smile next morning but you will be knackered. lmao
    It happened to someone I used to work with.
    It took about 6 hours til it stood at ease.
  13. MadDesigner

    MadDesigner Member

    This made me laugh........

    Peter Parry wrote (on the Subject of the Expanding Foam):

    A friend of mine once built a canoe. He spent a long time
    on it and it was a work of art.Almost the final phase was to fill both ends with polyurethane
    expanding foam.He duly ordered the bits from Mr Glasplies (an excellent
    purveyor of all things fibreglass) and it arrived in two
    packs covered with appropriately dire warnings about expansion
    ratios and some very good notes on how to use it.Unfortunately he had a degree, worse still two of them. One
    was in Chemistry, so the instructions got thrown away and the
    other in something mathematical because in a few minutes he
    was merrily calculating the volume of his craft to many
    decimal places and the guidelines got binned as well.He propped the canoe up on one end, got a huge tin,
    carefully measured the calculated amounts of glop, mixed
    them and quickly poured the mixture in the end of the canoe
    (The two pack expands very rapidly). I arrived as he was completing this and I looked in to
    see the end chamber over half full of something Cawdors
    Witches would have been proud of. Two thing occurred to me,
    one was the label which said in big letters:
    "Caution - expansion ration 50:1" (or something similar)
    and the other that the now empty tins said "approximately
    enough for 20 small craft"Any comment was drowned out by a sea of yellow brown foam
    suddenly pouring out of the middle of the canoe and the
    end of the canoe bursting open. My friend screamed and
    leapt at his pride and joy which was knocked to the ground
    as he started trying to bale handfuls of this stuff out
    with his hands.Knocking the craft over allowed the still liquid and not
    yet fully expanded foam to flow to the other end of the
    canoe where it expanded and shattered that end as well.A few seconds later and we had a canoe with two exploded
    ends, a mountain of solid foam about 4ft high growing out
    of the middle, and a chemist firmly embedded up to his
    armpits in it.At this stage he discovered the reaction was exothermic
    and his hands and arms were getting very hot indeed.
    Running about in small circles in a confined space while
    glued to the remains of a fairly large canoe proved
    ineffective so he resorted to screaming a bit instead.Fortunately a Kukri was to hand so I attacked the foam
    around his hands with some enthusiasm. The process was
    hindered by the noise he was making and the fact he was
    trying to escape while still attached to the canoe.Eventually I managed to hack out a lump of foam still
    including most of his arms and hands. Unfortunately my
    tears of laughter were not helping as they accelerated
    the foam setting.Seeking medical help was obviously out of the question,
    the embarrassment of having to explain his occupation
    (Chief Research Chemist at a major petrochemical
    organisation) would simply never have been lived down.
    Several hours and much acrimony later we had removed
    sufficient foam (and much hair) to allow him to move
    again. However he still looked something like a failed
    audition for Quasimodo with red burns on his arms and
    expanded blobs of foam sticking everywhere. My comment
    that the scalding simple made the hairs the foam was
    sticking to come out easier was not met with the
    enthusiasm I felt it deserved.I forgot to add that in retrospect rather unwisely he had
    set out to do this deed in the hallway of his house (the
    only place he later explained with sufficient headroom
    for the canoe - achieved by poking it up the stairwell.Having extricated him we now were faced with the problem
    of a canoe construction kit embedded in a still gurgling
    block of foam which was now irrevocably bonded to the hall
    and stairs carpet as well as several banister rails and
    quite a lot of wallpaper.At this point his wife and her mother came back from
    shopping......Oh yes - and he had been wearing the pullover Mum in law
    had knitted him for his birthday the week before.

    taken from the website http://www.diyfaq.org.uk/contents.html#humour
    Dam0n and DIY womble like this.
  14. Thermo

    Thermo New Member

    he he he he he he he he he he he he he he he he he he he
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    ho ho. I have to admit i was laughing my ruddy head off when i read this one
  15. Dewy

    Dewy New Member

    That makes 2 of us Thermo.
  16. timbo2

    timbo2 New Member

    Muck Off! From Halfords or real bike shops seems to clean moutain bikes and foam or Orange something same sorts of stores or a lemon & ginger solution for Neals Yard (ask the wife!) or good old petrol!
  17. Ability

    Ability Guest

    The barbour said once that hair spray will soften it enough to slowly remove it.

    Someone had been into him with a blobbly yellow head, having tried to comb out a load of foam.
  18. Jase

    Jase New Member

    Happened to me a while ago, tried water straight away and panacked when it hardened even faster. Took about a week of picking at it and peeling it off - didn't fancy all those cleaners, who knows what they'll do to your skin / bones.
  19. nigel

    nigel Guest

    White spirit while wet removes it easily also pour small quantity thru spout and onto valve and will ensure you can use again if not required in one go.
  20. DynamoDegsy

    DynamoDegsy New Member

    I've just found that Veet hair removal cream (called Immac in some regions) removes cured expanding foam. Apply the cream, leave for 3-minutes, and scrape off. Best Regards

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