Filtering Spirits

Every month I filter out my mineral spirits.

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Before

It’s a messy process but a needed one as the paints and mediums I use often get quite heavy over the 30 days - things can get a little messy. It’s a fairly straight forward process, taking a household paper towel as the actual filter I simply pour the old mineral spirits in and wait. After about 30 minutes it’s ready and since I use a two bucket system, the old filterered minueral spirits goes in one bucket and fresh mineral spirits into the second. Old sludge gets recycled at the local dump.

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Crude Filter

It certainly doesn’t filter it out perfectly clean but it does help manage the worst, making things last just a little while longer. Of course if I was so inclined I could use a better filter (or double up the paper towels), which I have tried before. While the results are better, it's not terribly time or cost efficient. Still, there's something satisfying about take the old and making it a little better, cleaner.

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