PUBLISHED: 15:52 EST, 31 May 2012 | UPDATED: 15:55 EST, 31 May 2012
Holy soaks! A wannabe super hero, who covered himself with military-strength green paint to dress up as the Incredible Hulk, has finally got himself cleaned-up after 25 baths.
Friends and neighbours raced to the rescue after blundering Paulo Henrique dos Santos discovered he had accidentally used a paint reserved for ballistic missiles and nuclear submarines to imitate the comic book hero for a running event.
Paulo had hoped to buy a brand he’d used on a previous outing as the Hulk, but the shop he went to didn’t have any in stock and offered him the replacement instead.
Cleaning up his act: Blundering Incredible Hulk impersonator Paulo Henrique dos Santos needed 25 baths after covering himself in military-strength green paint
Soaper hero: Paulo had hoped to buy a brand of paint he’d used before but the shop didn’t have any in stock and offered him a replacement normally used for ballistic missiles and nuclear submarines
The 35-year-old pool attendant covered himself head-to-toe in two pots of the industrial-grade product. He completed the race alright but he got a nasty surprise when he tried to wash off.
But after an entire day of non-stop scrubbing using soap, shampoo, detergent, alcohol, scrubbing brushes and even a mop he was finally back to
Maternal mix-up: The hapless Hulk is helped by his mother – who media reports referred to as his girlfriend
Colour crisis! Hulk prankster Enrique dos Santos was left red-faced when his green paint refused to budge
Today, with almost every trace of the green paint gone Paulo, who also works as a DJ in Rio de Janeiro under the name MC Marronzinho said it would be the last time he dressed up as the superhero.
He said: ‘Never again. Last year, I also ran in a Hulk costume but that time the ink washed off fine.
Paulo achieved overnight celebrity in his local area after the story emerged and as if being bright green wasn’t embarrassing enough, the local press ran pictures of his mother trying to remove the paint – and referred to her as his girlfrien.
Instant celebrity: The action hero look proved a hit with local children in Vila Cruzeiro