palette knife cleanFor some time now I have been letting my palette knives go without cleaning, leaving a big goog stuck to my knives. Sometimes I’ve even painted with the dried paint still stuck on the palette knife. It really doesn’t bother me that much. Crazy, I know.

I know, palette knives are pretty easy to clean, right? You just get a paper towel or wet-wipe and wipe your paint off of your palette knife. Well, what if you are like me and don’t wipe your palette knife immediately after you are done painting?

For some odd reason, I don’t always wipe off my palette knife once I finish painting. I don’t know if it’s just that I’m lazy or it’s just one of my quirks. Anyway, if you ever have to clean dried acrylic paint off of your palette knife, I have a solution. It’s pretty simple and easy to do. Follow these four steps and your palette knife will be just like new.

1. Get a cup of water that’s almost full.
2. Place your palette knife completely in your cup of water, but make sure your water doesn’t touch the handle. That will make your handle loose and cause your blade to come apart.
3. Allow your knife to sit in the water overnight to loosen up the paint.
4. The next day, take your knife out of the water and peel off all the dried acrylic paint.

Here is a quick video to show you how to clean dried acrylic paint off your palette knife.

 

 

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