the proper way to clean and maintain your brushes, equipment and environment
means a longer life span and value of your materials and a healthier living and
believes in supporting artists in the environment. Following are many helpful
tips on staying clean.
Acrylic / Latex:
Artist acrylic paints, commercial paints, primers, varnishes and
brushes, rollers and other painting tools in warm, soapy water
immediately after painting. Paint should be used completely or dispose of properly.
containers may be recycled in a can recycling program. Local disposal
requirements vary. Visit artSparx waste disposal
resource to find a program in your area.
Oil / Alkyd products:
commercial paint, primers, varnish and stains.
Clean equipment with mineral spirits immediately
after use. Paint should be used completely or disposed of properly. These products contain
organic solvents that may cause adverse effects to the environment if not
handled properly. Save unused product for touch-up purposes or dispose of at
your regional household hazardous waste collection program.
products contain petroleum solvents and should be kept away from heat and flame. Do not
smoke or use near open flame and avoid breathing vapors or spray mist. It is
important to keep your work area well ventilated by opening
doors and windows during application and drying. For more information visit artSparx safety
Rag disposal: Soak soiled rags and waste
immediately after use in a water-filled closed metal container.
Shellac and white pigmented
Primer, sealer, stain block.
Clean equipment with denatured alcohol immediately after use. Use completely or
dispose of properly. Dispose at your regional household hazardous waste
Clean equipment with Lacquer thinner immediately after use. Use protective eye
wear and clothing. Use completely or dispose of properly. Dispose at your
regional household hazardous waste collection program. Do not puncture or
incinerate spray cans.
Many containers can be recycled through a local recycling
program, though disposal requirements may vary. Allow extra
paint in cans to air dry completely. Empty
containers may be recycled in a can recycling program. To find a program in
your area, visit our Waste Disposal
resource or contact your local waste disposal company.