Clean-up Techniques


Basic surface preparation 
Glaze and Glazing

Material descriptions 
Patching drywall 
Paint & varnish removers
Sanding techniques
Sealers & sealants
Solvents & thinners


Hand-painted Delft tiles

The loose un-even quality of this faux technique makes painted Delft tiles an ideal decorative effect for the beginner or inexperienced do-it-yourselfer.

Irregular lines and hand painted renderings add character and old world charm, easily achieved without any prior painting experience.

more decorative treatments



Stay clean

Knowing 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 working space.

Artsparx 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 stains.

Wash brushes, rollers and other painting tools in warm, soapy water immediately after painting. Paint should be used completely or dispose of properly. 
Dry, empty 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: 
Artist oils, 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. 

These 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 resource.

Rag disposal: Soak soiled rags and waste immediately after use in a water-filled closed metal container.

Shellac and white pigmented shellac:
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 collection program.

Lacquer: Sealer
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. 

Recycling materials:
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.

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