Is Acrylic Paint Allowed In Checked Luggage?

Is acrylic paint allowed in checked luggage?

The airline companies and airport security allow passengers to check-in acrylic paints and other painting equipment for personal use, but not as part of the passenger's luggage.

If you are traveling with a small number of acrylics or oils, it is best to pack them separately from your regular clothing items.

The TSA allows liquids to be packed in carry-on bags to meet specific requirements. The rules on what can be filled in are checked baggage depending on where you're flying from.

Are acrylic artist paints flammable?

The water acrylic paints and watercolor paint are not flammable. However, the oil-based acrylic paints and oil pastels are flammable.

They should never be in an airplane cabin.

Oil paints and spray paint are highly flammable and should only be used outdoors. These harmonious paintings still allowed for checked-in luggage.

Are art supplies allowed on a plane?

Art prints and other art supplies are allowed through security checkpoints and onboard.

However, these materials must be packed into a bag that meets specific size restrictions.

For example, the TSA requires that any bag containing more than three liters of liquid or gel have a zippered closure.

You can only bring 100ml of liquids, including liquid paint and ink.

Do I need to declare my art supplies?

Yes, you will need to declare all art supplies at the check-in counter when you travel.

This includes:

  • Art brushes
  • Brushes and sponges
  • Ceramic plates
  • Paint rollers
  • Pencil sharpeners
  • Sketch pads
  • Watercolors
  • Other art supplies such as paper, canvas, etc.

How do you pack painting materials for air travel?

Your painting items should be bubble wrap wrapped and placed inside a clear plastic zip-lock bag for carry-on or checked baggage.

Ensure that the zipper is closed and there is no loose material around the edges.

When packing your artwork, make sure you keep it flat and avoid bending or folding it.

Keeping your paintings away from strong odors such as perfume, cologne, hairspray, deodorant, and lotions is also essential.

And for flammable liquids, please remember to pack them in a fireproof container.

What about aerosol cans?

Aerosols are considered hazardous waste and cannot be shipped by mail.

In addition, aerosols in travel are allowed by air travel authorities. However, it is only for checked-in luggage.

Aerosol is a flammable solvent. When traveling, these products should be in a safe container or a separate suitcase.

It is not allowed for carry-on luggage because it is a hazardous item and can cause a fire.

These air travel regulations are mandatory and are enforced by the airlines and airports.

So, if you want to take some of your favorite art supplies along with you, you need to know how to pack them properly.

Other allowed paints on planes

The other types of paints that are allowed on aircraft cargo hold include:

  • Paint tubes

Paint tubes are usually made of glass and contain oil-based or water-based paints.

There are several different sizes of boxes available.

Some of the most common sizes are 1/2 inch, 3/4 inch, 5/8 inch, and 7/16 inch.

  • Non-flammable paints

Non-flammable paints, as mentioned earlier, are those that are free of petroleum distillates and mineral spirits.

Most commonly used non-flammable paints include latex, alkyd, acrylics, and oil pastel.

  • Flammable paints

Flammable paints are allowed with proper containers and labeling.

They are usually classified as Class A flammables which means they can ignite spontaneously under certain conditions.

Class B flammables are those that require ignition sources to start a fire.

  • Flammable acrylic paints

You are only allowed to bring a limited amount of acrylic paints on board the plane.

Acrylic paints are considered flammable because they can burn quickly.

If you plan to bring an entire set of acrylic paints, you may consider purchasing a special box to store them safely during flight.

  • Oil paint container

The oil paint containers are allowed on aircraft cargo holds.

However, these containers must have a label indicating that they are flammable.

If you plan on taking any oil, you will have to check with the airline before boarding.

The oil paint containers must be packed separately from any other materials.

Also, they must be stored in a cool, dry place and out of direct sunlight.

This is because oil paints become unstable at high temperatures.

  • Fresh oil paintings

Fresh oil paintings are allowed on airplanes. Fresh painting refers to works created within 24 hours before being loaded onto the aircraft.

It is recommended that you do not transport fresh oils on flights longer than 12 hours.

  • Polyurethane paint

Polyurethane paints are also allowed on aircraft cargo holds, but they must be packed separately from other items.

They must be labeled flammable and stored in a cool, dry area.

Polyurethanes are flammable liquids used to coat fabrics such as canvas, paper, leather, etc. They are often used in making upholstery, curtains, carpets, and wall coverings.

The final words

Bringing paint items when traveling is allowed. You need to follow all the rules and regulations.

Remember to keep your paint safe and secure while flying.

We hope this article helped you learn more about what is allowed on airplanes.

Do you have any questions? Please let us know in the comments below!

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Written By Matthew
Last Updated On April 4, 2022
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