HOW TO CLEANUP ACRYLIC PAINT SPILLS

CLEAN PAINT OFF YOUR PALETTE 

 

ACCIDENTAL SPILLS

When it comes to unexpected acrylic paint spills, you must act quickly because it is easier to clean when it is wet. Once the paint has dried, it becomes a whole different ballgame. If a spill gets on your clothing,  immediately wash the garment in warm, soapy water while the paint is wet. Rub it vigorously then thoroughly rinse the item. If the stain is stubborn use a toothbrush with spot remover.

Water-based acrylic paint will not dissolve in water once the paint has dried, which makes it a problem for getting out unexpected drips & spills. It has something to do with the acrylic emulsions that bind the pigment. In order to remove the dried paint, you need cleaners that can dissolve acrylic resin.

 

CLEANING CLOTHING

Klean-Strip Green QKGA75003 Denatured Alcohol, 1-Quart   

Materials: Denatured or Isopropyl alcohol, an old toothbrush and a butter knife.

I prefer denatured alcohol for getting dried acrylic out of clothing. Isopropyl, or rubbing alcohol is good but the denatured is stronger. Use the 99% concentration if you choose to go with the rubbing alcohol. A word of warning … alcohol is highly flammable so be careful to keep away from open flames. The fumes are toxic so work in a well ventilated area.

  1. Soak the paint stain with the denatured alcohol. Let it soak for about 15 minutes
  2. Now that the paint is somewhat loosened, use your toothbrush or butter knife to gently scrape it away from the material
  3. Repeat this process (steps 1 & 2) for several applications to get the paint off entirely. It took four applications for me to entirely remove a stain on my sweatpants

 

 

CLEANING PAINT SPILLS OFF THE WALL

It is OK to use rubbing alcohol for this task. The higher the alcohol concentration, the better for you in the cleanup. Scrounge up an old toothbrush and a butter knife. Now, soak the dried paint with the rubbing alcohol then carefully scrape off the paint. Repeat this process if necessary.

 

CLEANING PAINT SPILLS OFF CONCRETE

Use a medium size bucket or wide-mouth container to mix up a soapy water solution. With a scrub brush, scrub the wet paint spill. Use lots of the solution to dilute the paint, it will be easier for you to remove. Use a sponge to soak up as much as you can … Use a hose and fresh water to rinse the area. Repeat if necessary.

 

 

CLEANING PAINT OFF CARPET

Supernail Pure Acetone – 8 oz

Removing paint spills from carpet is easy, if you notice the spill in time. It is easy because acrylic paints are water-based. You will have to move quickly because the spill will dry fast. Use acetone or nail polish remover to gently dab the paint stain with a cloth or paper towel.

 

 

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CLEAN PAINT OFF YOUR PALETTE

CLEANING PAINT OFF YOUR PALETTE

WOODEN PALETTES:  A wooden palette is porous and it needs a little more attention than glass or plastic. The first step is to wipe the wet paint off with a paper towel and discard it in the trash. The second step is to wash your palette with soapy water. If the paint is dry the soapy water will cause it to form a rubbery layer that is easily peeled of and thrown away.

PLASTIC & GLASS PALETTES: Plastic and glass have non-porous surfaces and can be easily cleaned … wipe away wet paint with a paper towel, then wash your palette with soapy water. Wetting dried paint will cause it to form a rubbery layer that is easy to peel off.

 

Please remember that regardless of the medium, all paint mediums contain the same pigments … that means that even with acrylics, we need to save the paint sludge and rags. Take sludge and rags to the special disposal sites found at city garbage dumps. These things should not go into household garbage or down your drain where it will eventually seep into the water system.

 

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