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SAFETY & DISPOSAL

Here’s some tips to keep you safe and minimize your environmental impact in the studio:

While you're working

  • Keep your workspace well ventilated, ideally with fresh air, particularly if usingsolvent or sprays
  • If using a spray, wear the relevant mask. Even with our low-solvent, low-odor Spray Paints we recommend the use of a paper mask as the spray action causes dust and particles to rise into the air
  • The most environmentally safe way to use acrylic paint or medium is obvious: only squeeze or scoop out what you need, rather than having lots to dispose of after a session in the studio
  • Don’t ‘point’ your brush in your mouth. Swirl it in a cup of water instead
  • Try to wash your hands before eating, drinking or smoking in the studio. You never know what will end up on your hands and then get swallowed inadvertently
  •  Avoid getting solvents onto your skin
  •  If you paint with your fingers be aware that you may be driving pigment into and through your skin

Clean-up

  • If you’re working with acrylics it’s a good idea to set up a specific acrylic waste bin (or old paint tin) in the studio so you can keep everything together and dispose of it safely and responsibly
  • After painting, before it’s had a chance to dry, return any loose color/medium back into its container and then wipe off your tools and palette with a paper towel or rag (an old toothbrush is good for thicker consistencies). Put the dirty wipes into your acrylic waste bin
  • Any leftover paint or paint sludge (from the bottom of the sink or your brush washing jar), should be put into your acrylic waste bin rather than washed down the sink
  • Wash your tools, palette and hands thoroughly in warm soapy water. Don’t wash or rinse brushes in the palm of your hand, as it can drive pigment into the skin

Disposal

  • Once your acrylic waste bin is full, seal it up and affix a big sticker saying ‘contains artists’ paints’. Then take it to your local refuse recycling center where you’ll find an area specifically for paints, bitumen and creosotes.
  • Empty containers with minimal semi-dry acrylic residue are sufficiently chemically inert to be classified as ‘non-hazardous waste’. This can usually be disposed of with your regular household waste. If in doubt check with your local waste management office

Storage

  • Keep your lids on tight to avoid drying out
  • You’ll get the best seal if you keep the screw top threads clean. Some artists like to also use a layer of cling-film or silver foil
  • Keep products out of direct heat and sunlight and store in ‘normal’ temperatures – ie above 10°F/-12°C to prevent non-reversible crystallization
  • Store brushes lying down or standing with bristles up
  • Our products have a shelf life of 3 years if kept at room temperature, tightly lidded and free of contaminants from tap water or dirty tools.

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