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Home improvement disasters!!1!

You know, I really have to wonder what is in hair color. I already knew it could eat through paint, having put streaks through the paint jobs of two different bathroom counters of mine, but it also creates stains you just can't get out. I was washing my hands after applying hair color this afternoon, and splashed a little water+color mixture on the top of the sink edge and didn't notice it until 45 minutes later, after getting out of the shower.

I tried scrubbing it off, then I tried taking it off with paint thinner. You can still see the smudge. I wouldn't be so anal about this, except these are the countertops I had refinished in January for a pretty penny. Argh!

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spiletta42
May. 10th, 2009 04:43 am (UTC)
There's always a way. What is the countertop made of? And do you have an ingredients list for the hair color? This is one of those rare situations when I wouldn't try vinegar first, but I'm sure some combination of lemon juice, baking soda, hydrogen peroxide, and toothpaste will do the job.
masqthephlsphr
May. 10th, 2009 04:46 am (UTC)
It's porcelain, at least I think it is, but the hair color washed right off of the bathtub where it splattered. The sinks were refinished and I'm not sure if it's a porcelain finish
spiletta42
May. 10th, 2009 04:50 am (UTC)
Tough stains are all about chemistry. Peroxide is a good lifter and shouldn't hurt anything, give that a try first, but knowing the surface composition would really help.

ETA: By 'give it a try' I mean pour some on there and let it sit a while, then wipe it up.

Edited at 2009-05-10 04:51 am (UTC)
masqthephlsphr
May. 10th, 2009 04:55 am (UTC)
OK. Peroxide goes on the shopping list.
spiletta42
May. 10th, 2009 04:57 am (UTC)
I'll try not to judge you for not keeping that in stock.
masqthephlsphr
May. 10th, 2009 05:02 am (UTC)
LOL
watercolorblue
May. 10th, 2009 05:20 am (UTC)
Argh, yeah, that's happened to me dozens of times. Gods have mercy on the countertops. Soft Scrub, toothpaste or Clorox Clean-Up might work on the stain.

(this is why I haven't dyed my hair with Special Effects in a long time)
masqthephlsphr
May. 10th, 2009 12:28 pm (UTC)
I look like an old woman if I don't color my hair, but I have learned from hard experience to stand in the tub when I do it, because it's easier to clean up after myself. That stuff is tricky because it mixes to an off-white color, but turns dark after that. So you try to clean up once the color is in your hair while you're waiting the thirty minutes, but you don't see it. Half an hour later, splotches *everywhere*.
a2zmom
May. 10th, 2009 04:33 pm (UTC)
This is why I don't do it myself. (Looks at roots, makes an appointment.)
masqthephlsphr
May. 10th, 2009 09:23 pm (UTC)
Trying to save a few bucks might cost me a few bucks!
a2zmom
May. 10th, 2009 10:25 pm (UTC)
Also, if I attempted it, I'd likely wind up with green hair.
masqthephlsphr
May. 10th, 2009 10:37 pm (UTC)
And that's bad.

(lol)
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