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Old 02-12-2009, 06:59 AM   #1
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Any good tops for keeping paint from drying on the sides of the brush?


I often have trouble thoroughly cleaning the dried paint from a brush that is used for a long job (several hours or more). This is the paint that dries along the upper sides of the brush. My solution so far has been to clean the brush every hour or so (often enough that it does not cake completely), but that is time consuming.

How do expert painters solve this? I like using quality brushes and they are too expensive to throw away after a few small jobs.

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dip the brush in water (for water-based paints) before you start, then the paint will not wick up the brush as much or as soon.

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Less talking and more painting. HA! HA! HA!. I use warm water and a steel brush to comb them with. This will remove the dried paint. BOB

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dip the brush in water (for water-based paints) before you start, then the paint will not wick up the brush as much or as soon.

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Any time my brush has any water in it the water will just keep coming out while I am painting and of course it has mixed with the paint so it is a mess.
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did you shake off the excess?

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Buy a paint brush cleaning tool, its just a metal comb but it will get all the dried paint out. Just comb it out under warm water
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There is a difference in dipping the brush and submerging it for a long period of time. If you put it in water just above the top of the bristles water will not get trapped in the brush.
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Go to your local hardware or paint store. Look on the shelf for paint brush cleaner. Pour some in a container and elevate the brush. After a few minutes, if the paint has all fallen off, comb the rest out. Works great.
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1) "Pre-Condition" the brushes before ever using them
This means rinsing the brush in the appropriate "solvent"
For water-based paints this means water or "latex thinner" (yes, it exists)
For oil/alkyd this means traditional paint thinner or mineral spirits
And then "spinning" (need a brush spinner) or "tapping off" any excess

2) Use a brush comb or wire brush and a 5-in-1 tool to scrape off paint when cleaning after use

Most "brush cleaner" solvents for dried paint will affect the bristles of quality brushes
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I'll get a comb/cleaning tool as suggested - it looks just the ticket. In my searching before asking this question, I read repeatedly that brush cleaners were pretty hard on the bristles so I'll stay away from them.

I occasionally hear to use some mile detergent for brush cleaning - does that really help? I've done it but I cannot tell the difference without it and I'm very concerned to rinse out all the detergent, lest it affect the paint.

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I'll get a comb/cleaning tool as suggested - it looks just the ticket. In my searching before asking this question, I read repeatedly that brush cleaners were pretty hard on the bristles so I'll stay away from them.

I occasionally hear to use some mile detergent for brush cleaning - does that really help? I've done it but I cannot tell the difference without it and I'm very concerned to rinse out all the detergent, lest it affect the paint.

Thanks again,

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I also spend allot of money with my brushes, I use a wire brush with Mr.clean and warm to hot water. Then rinse with cold water until water becomes clean while I brush them out. then wrap them in paper towel so to keep the bristles in there designed shape. I then hang them or lay them flat in a roller tray. I also go as far as using a scotch bright on the metal band and for cleaning there handles.BOB
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1) "Pre-Condition" the brushes before ever using them
This means rinsing the brush in the appropriate "solvent"
For water-based paints this means water or "latex thinner" (yes, it exists)
For oil/alkyd this means traditional paint thinner or mineral spirits
And then "spinning" (need a brush spinner) or "tapping off" any excess

2) Use a brush comb or wire brush and a 5-in-1 tool to scrape off paint when cleaning after use

Most "brush cleaner" solvents for dried paint will affect the bristles of quality brushes
I do not think they are listening. This is the only correct answer. Doing this will keep the paint from hardening at the heel to start with and you will not need a steel comb. Also get it wet. After an hour of painting it is time to condition the brush again. Your brushes will last for years if treated and pre-treated Men.. they say they do not understand or appreciate foreplay.. this proves it.
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This is all well and good advice, but not used much just for the simple fact that you really won't have a problem cleaning a brush after 8 hours of painting with a wire brush. In the 5 straight years I was a pro painter and the off and on times for the last 10 years since then I can't remember seeing anyone ever pre-condition a brush.
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this link should help on your paint build up problem.http://www.renovationexperts.com/painting-basics.asp and this one http://articles.directorym.net/Pro_T...oulder_CO.html
I couldn,t find anything on pre-conditioning a brush tho. Just on rollers. I guess I have to ask DR.Ruth. HA HA HA.

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And discovering that at least 70% of the construction force does not know how to best do something is coming as a surprise? Bang a nail.. five times I did not bend it... Auh? Yes I am a carpenter..

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