Cait, it's been ages since I did salt dough but I think your train of thought is right. Anything that will avoid touching the unprotected dough is probably the best option. You may even find that the spray is enough, or that layering the spray will do the trick. My mother is asleep now, but I think she did some of this kind of thing a few years ago. If she did, I'll post back.
Post some pics when you're done!