Cleaning up after a paint project is a tedious but necessary part of art, as long as you want to keep your materials clean and maintain them for the longest possible amount of time.
If you want to know how to clean a paint palette and remove acrylic paint from it, there are several possibilities:
- Wiping the still-wet paint with water
- Removal of dried paint residues with hands or tools
- Mixing the paint with an acrylic medium to soften the paint
- Soften dried paint with a solvent such as acetone or rubbing alcohol
Clean the painting pallet while it is still wet
The best way to clean your painting pallet is to do it while the paint is still wet. Wet paint is straightforward to wipe off and dispose of. A damp cloth and a little soap can be used to remove the paint from the surface.
Just be careful not to pour the wet paint into the sink if you do not want to pollute the sewage, and you want to contaminate the pipes. It is best to throw the dirty wipes in the garbage where they can be better recycled.
How to clean a paint palette: Scrape off dried-on paint
Once the paint has dried, it becomes much more difficult to remove it from the surface.
It depends on the condition of the painting pallet on how well you can scrape it off with your hands or a tool. A pallet made of plastic tends to be easier to scrape off because the surface is not porous, and the paint does not adhere to it very firmly. However, scraping it off manually from a plastic surface poses the threat of damaging the palette.
Cleaning the paint pallet with polyacrylates
An acrylic medium can be a gentle method of separating acrylic paint from the painting palette. It dissolves the dried layer of paint and makes it pliable again. If you apply a polyacrylate-based acrylic medium to the paint, you can remove it after a short time. The same acrylic mediums that you use to thin acrylic paint can be used for this approach.
Here too, the effectiveness depends on the material your painting palette is made of.
Use a more aggressive solvent
If that did not help either, you could consider a more aggressive solvent. Isopropanol or rubbing alcohol is suitable for many surfaces, whereas acetone can cause damage to plastic pallets.
Drip a little of the solvent onto a cloth, which you then rub carefully over the pallet with the wet side. The dried acrylic paint should start to dissolve after a short time.