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Cleaning of painting tools


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Clean the painting tools immediately after use. To clean off any excess paint, wipe the tools against the can rim, a paper towel, or newspaper. If you're going to continue the same paint job the next day then an alternative to cleaning is to place the brush or roller in a tightly sealed plastic bag.

Hard and dried out brushes or other tools can be disposed of with mixed waste. Before discarding hardened tools, you might want to try soaking them in cleaning agent for painting tools.

Water-borne products


  • When painting with water-borne products, we recommend you to use water or tool cleaning agent to clean the tools.
  • Do not wash the tools under running water!
  • Pour water or cleaning agent into a container, dip the paint brush or roller in and let it soak for a moment. After soaking, wipe off excess tool cleaner and paint onto a paper towel or newspaper, and only then rinse the tool under running water.

Dispose of the cleanup waste the right way:

  1. Take the cleanup waste to a hazardous waste collection point.
  2. If the cleaning agent is reusable, you can let the paint particles settle at the bottom of the container. Pour off the clear cleaning agent for reuse and leave the residue in the container until completely dried out. The dried-out residue can be disposed of with mixed waste.

Solvent-borne products


  • When painting with a solvent-borne paint, we recommend you to use cleaning agent for solvent-borne paints or a thinner recommended for the paint to clean the tools (see the technical data sheet for instructions).
  • Do not wash the tools under running water!
  • Pour cleaning agent or thinner into a container, dip the paint brush or roller in and let it soak for a moment. Wipe off excess tool cleaner and paint onto a paper towel or newspaper. If you use thinner, leave the cleaned up tool to dry.

Dispose of the cleanup waste the right way:

  1. Take the cleanup waste to a hazardous waste collection point.
  2. If the cleaning agent is reusable, you can let the paint particles settle at the bottom of the container. Pour off the clear cleaning agent for reuse and take the paint residue to a hazardous waste collection point.