Hello, just joined these forums and I have some questions concerning painting with oils in an apartment. I recently just started painting with oils and I live in a 1 bedroom apartment. I paint near a window and often with a fan on to keep the air moving. I've heard that there are a number of different oil paints that are non toxic and low odor and am wondering about people's experiences with them. I probably won't buy any right away as I'll wait for my current paints to run out.
my biggest concern aren't really the paints though, I'm more worried about the mineral spirits and the best ways to clean up and recycle my materials. I use a low odor mineral spirit and try to recycle it by letting it sit and waiting for the pigments to settle at the bottom until clear and then transferring it to a different jar. I haven't actually tried the recycled stuff yet.
Im also a little worried about my sink and wonder what impact the cleaning of my brushes and painting pallets are in it and there is also the little worry about washing my dishes in the same place I clean my stuff in.
Any advice is welcome.
I'm a beginner and this is what I've heard or seen when researching: Try using just walnut oil to wipe the brushes when painting. Some people use Spectrum Naturals walnut oil from health stores (you can buy artist grade if you want). You don't need to dip in terps every time you change color, just wipe it with a paper towel and use the bottom third of the brush to load paint.
Don't even use the mineral spirits or terps. Clean it in walnut oil and maybe also try some of the brush cleaner products. If that and the walnut oil isn't enough, get some mineral oil / baby oil to clean at the end. This is a non drying oil so make sure you don't use it while painting. Only for cleanup after painting.You can also put a piece of grated metal in your walnut oil jar to give some friction to loosen more paint.
You're supposed to put the oil rags / towels in a metal container with water and a lid. Apparently the oxidizing oil can combust or something. If you're worried about cleaning in the kitchen sink, why not use the bathroom sink? Just be careful and take your time not to get paint everywhere.
Again, I cannot verify any of this, I've not yet started oils. But it seems to be the consensus in places like the wetcanvas forums and youtube. Good luck!
Hello, yes, use walnut oil to clean brushes while painting and for cleanup. If finishing painting, then wash brushes thoroughly with soap and water and let dry. No toxic solvents needed. I put my paper towels and palette scrapings into a plastic bag (vegetable size) then wet it with water and set it on the shower floor, wide OPEN, so air circulates. It's apparently when there is limited air that problems occur. You can put it into a fire proof container. I put it out each garbage day.
Do not put paint or dried paint go down the drain.
The toxic solvents cause many health problems and can all be avoided, by not using them. Turpenoid natural has a citrus freagrance that causes health problems. Look up the MSDS sheets of the products, then the ingredient lists for more information.