Keeping solvent odours to a minimum in oil painting

Solvent Odours
Despite the smelly nature of solvents it is possible to reduce this odour in your studio or workspace; for a low-odour option, you can use Winsor & Newton Sansodor during painting.

If you are looking for a low-odour solvent to clean material after painting, you can use the new Winsor & Newton Brush cleaner, which removes dried oil, alkyd & acrylic colour from brushes, is water-miscible and, therefore can be cleaned with water.

Many artists paint within their home or in shared spaces so here are some tips for reducing odours:

•    Ensure there is plenty of fresh air, ventilation and circulation in your workspace.
•    Do not sleep in your studio without first removing painting materials elsewhere and in particular, be sure to dispose of unused solvents and dirty rags in fireproof and solvent-proof containers.
•    Store all solvents, tightly capped when not in use.
•    Avoid excessive skin contact with solvents.
•    Do not pour our more solvent than is necessary for your current painting session, it will only evaporate into the room.
•    Avoid prolonged inhalation of solvent vapours.
•    Do not use solvent to wash colour from your hands, instead use a hand cleanser.

And finally, if you want to completely avoid using solvents in your oil painting, then you may like to try Artisan Water Mixable Oil Colour which uses water rather than turpentine to thin colours and clean brushes plus has a dedicated range of mediums.

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