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Old 10-20-2013, 11:44 AM   #1
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Can acetone be used for brush cleaning after oil based paints and primers? Or is it better to use paint thinner?

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You do not want to use acetone. Stick with paint thinner.

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Acetone can melt the bristle's.
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Regular mineral spirits works great.The white milky looking thinners-not so much.I sometimes use kerosene it softens the bristles and will clean out oil paint nicely if you can stand the smell.
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Acetone can melt the bristle's.
Strong solvents can also soften the adhesive used to hold the bristles together, causing them to come out in your paint with the next use.
I hate when that happens..
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Put paint thinner in a jar swirl your brush around in it and work it in to the bristles. Next put it in a jar mixed 50/50 paint thinner and lacquer thinner and swirl it around. Then a jar of straight lacquer thinner and do the same. Now rinse your brush and your done. Put the lids on the jars, the paint will settle to the bottom, pour off the top and it's ready to use again.
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Why transition to lacquer thinner? What does that do?
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I always went from thinner to dish soap and warm water.
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Why transition to lacquer thinner? What does that do?

It makes for a more thorough and easier cleaning. Plus, lacquer thinner evaporates cleaner than spirits and doesn't leave the brush as stinky.
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Lacquer thinner is a hotter solvent , and is highly flammable. Mixing it with mineral spririts does not expedite the evaporation process.
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Acetone will be too harsh on painting brushes, use paint thinner instead..good luck!

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