General Disposal Guidance

    Most users of artists’ paints will be fully aware that for financial reasons alone, wasting paint is a bad idea! The painter will therefore want the majority of paint to leave the studio on canvas, wood or paper as a work of art, rather than via the dustbin! By ensuring you fully use up your art material you are also cutting down on your environmental impact. You can make your paint last longer (and be more sustainable) if you follow these tips and techniques:


    • All paint formulations will last longer if they are stored away from direct heat and light, and with the lid securely replaced after each use.
    • Some artists use cling-film or silver foil to provide a further barrier against drying in the tin or pot, but in every case reapplying the lid is essential.
    • Certain paint types are harmed by excessive cold and acrylic paints and primers should not be allowed to fall below 10 degrees Fahrenheit  to prevent crystallization – a process which regrettably cannot be reversed.


    We are always keen to hear from you if you have any innovative ideas of how you ensure your paint lasts longer - please get in touch.


    By careful storage and use, the contents of the majority of tubes and jars will have been thoroughly exhausted, leaving a dried residue that is sufficiently chemically inert to be classified as ‘non-hazardous waste’. Empty packaging therefore that contains only dry paint can usually be processed through the usual waste channels. For remaining paint, tubes and the sludge that collects at the bottom of brush washing jars, we suggest the following procedure be adopted as a good practice:


    • Find an old large paint pot and affix a sticker saying 'Contains Artists Paints'. Once full with your paint waste, reapply the lid securely and take it to your local refuse recycling center the next time you are disposing of household and garden waste etc. Do not put it in the general waste, but look for the area at all municipal recycling-centers , dedicated to all types of paints, bitumen and creosotes which are disposed of appropriately. If in doubt, hand the container to a member of staff.
    • For acrylic color paint brushes; once the majority of the usable paint is put back in the pot or wiped onto a rag or paper towel, the final washing of the brush can be carried out under a running tap.



    Once emptied as a rule aerosol cans usually be recycled. We suggest you check with your local waste disposal units for further information. Our aerosols are made from aluminium cans - should you require more information please contact us. The cap of the aerosol may or may not be recyclable depending on your local rules, we therefore recommend you check with your local waste disposal unit. If you want safety information about these products, a safety data sheet can be available upon request. We would recommend you store your aerosols stored with the lid/cap on, away from direct heat sources, protect from sunlight and do not expose to temperatures greater than 50°C/122°F. Do not spray on an open flame and do not pierce or burn even after use.


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