5 Tips On Caring For Your Acrylic Prints

by Alex Melen on September 29, 2022

Acrylic print care consists of two primary methods, both of which involve softer micro fabric cloth. You can apply a cloth which is damp and use it for a deep clean, but the option you choose should depend on the type of acrylic you’ve purchased.

TruLife Acrylic

This type of acrylic provides numerous advantages over standardized acrylic, like extra UV protection as well as a twenty percent reduction in glare with scratch resistance. An additional advantage is that TruLife Acrylic doesn’t need a specialized cleaner which means you can use any ammonia free cleaner like Windex.

Standard Acrylic

For standard acrylic you’ll need to use specialized cleaner, which is often sold in a kit that includes the fabric and cleaning solution. To remove polishing or scratches you’ll want to use related products, but you should never use cleaners like Windex with standard acrylic.

When Using Paintbrushes

Since acrylic paints dry wall art quickly, you must ensure the paintbrushes remain wet for as long as possible. If not, the paint can cake up your brush, particularly near the ferrule, which will cause the bristles to stick together which makes clean up a lot harder. The ideal approach is storing the paintbrushes which you don’t use much lying downward inside a container which is shallow like a pie pan or tray. You’ll also want to rinse the bristles using clean water than remove the excess liquid and then dry by laying them flat.

Managing the Colors

Acrylic paints are usually water based, and will harden whenever the liquid evaporates. This will rapidly dry them, so it is important to carefully screw the caps onto bottles or tubes after every usage. You’ll also want to wipe down the threads using a rag prior to screwing your cap on, which will prevent sticking. Should the cap still get stuck, the best solution is suspending the tube in heated water until it can be unscrewed without force.

The Palette

To ensure you’re ready for the next session, it is recommended to keep the paint on the palette wet through covering it using plastic wrap. Additionally, experts advise cleaning the palette immediately after you’ve finished the paint session. When paint has lesser time for drying, it will be easier to clean. You’ll want to begin by eliminating the excess paint using the palette knife, and afterwards rinse beneath hot water then rub the stuck paint using soap and a sponge.

Generally speaking, earthenware and porcelain based palettes are simple to cleanse; all you need to do is soak within heated water then rinse using running water. But for plastic palettes they tend to become dirty easily when not carefully cleaned in the aftermath of being used. You’ll need to carefully cleanse them using a sponge and soap. Some people also like using a toothbrush which is soapy.

For palette and painting knives, you’ll want to soak them within a hot water tub until their paint becomes soft. Next, scrape off the paint using a razor or knife blade. Lastly, scrub using a sponge which is soapy so any excess residue is removed.