Environment and safety: tips
When using auxiliaries, take the necessary care, especially when working with varnishes. Many varnishes are solventbased, which are generally flammable. Work therefore in a well-ventilated area, due to the risk of fire as well as in consideration of your health. Use white spirit and turpentine oil sparingly and in an environmentallyconscious way. Flushing them down the sink is harmful to the environment and also not necessary. Clean the brushes in a jar with some turpentine or white spirit in it. Screw the lid onto the jar to prevent evaporation. Allow the pigment particles to sink to the bottom. After a while the pigment will have sunk to the bottom and the turpentine or white spirit can be decanted into a clean jar and reused.
If brushes are soaked temporarily in turpentine or white spirit, take a piece of aluminium cooking foil, stick the end of the brush through it and stretch the foil over the jar. If necessary use an elastic band to seal the pot more effectively. Avoid that solvents come in contact with skin and do not breathe vapors.
Solvents, products containing solvents and leftover paints that are no longer to be used should be considered chemical/hazardous waste. You can protect the environment by not throwing these away in your rubbish bin, but by taking them to a collection point for hazardous waste.
Cloths and other absorbent materials that contain amounts of, for example, linseed oil, can spontaneously combust when they get overheated. The following warning is used for products that have an increased risk of causing spontaneous combustion:
Materials such as cloths, tissues and clothing contaminated with this product can spontaneously combust within a few hours.
To reduce the risk of fire, all contaminated materials should be dampened with water (and soap) and disposed of in a sealable (metal) container or jar. At the end of the day contaminated materials should always be removed from the workplace and stored outside.