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Old 03-06-2008, 09:36 PM   #1
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I finally finished painting the first floor but was really lazy about cleaning my brushes. Are they salvagable? I did clean them but not very well so now they are gummy, stiff with a little bit of paint still on them. I'm really tempted to throw them away as they weren't all that expensive. Any help?? Thanks!

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There are some solvents that can work (labeled as brush cleaners)
But for the most part, they are never the same after they are cleaned with a solvent mix harsh enough to clean the dried paint off
It seems to affect the bristles
As a can of the good stuff is nearly $20....

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I used that special brush cleaner solvent on a $26 4" brush that I actually thought I had cleaned very well. It was a bit gummy and like slickshift said, the solvent worked okay but that brush will never be the same as it was and so it's been relegated to rough duty. Like Kenny Rogers said, "Know when to hold 'em, know when to fold 'em...."
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I have had some pretty good results using hair conditioner..............
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If the brush wasn't that great to begin with, I'd just throw it away, and replace it with a high-quality brush you take better care of. It's better for your brushes, and the better brush will give you a superior finish.

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I have had some pretty good results using hair conditioner..............
That's lovely...but we are talking about cleaning brushes here
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That's lovely...but we are talking about cleaning brushes here

Knew I was going to take a ribbing on my comment..................
But seriously,it does work on keeping a brushes life extended.
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I've heard that you can keep used paint brushes for a continual project by just sticking them in a zip-lock bag and placing in the freezer. Then thaw out the next day and reuse. But I personally haven't tried this yet. Has anyone else and did it work?
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I've used Wilson Imperial Rapid Brush Cleaner a fair bit. It works quite well. As for effects on the bristles:
China Bristle - dries them out and makes them coarse.
Poly or nylon/poly blend - melts the polyester when left too long and makes a real mess.
Solid nylon - no ill effects that I've seen.
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I've heard that you can keep used paint brushes for a continual project by just sticking them in a zip-lock bag and placing in the freezer. Then thaw out the next day and reuse. But I personally haven't tried this yet. Has anyone else and did it work?
Some of my customers swear by that "technique" and they'll use it for rollers as well the roller pan!!! I haven't and wouldn't but to each, his or her own.

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