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Old 11-27-2006, 07:15 PM   #1
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Do latex and water mix?

From Lowes brush care suggestions:

First dip the brush in the solvent suggested by the manufacturer. This is done before painting to prevent paint dry-up on the bristles and for smooth application.


In the case of an oil based I would know that solvent/thinner can be used this way. What about Latex? Is water the solvent in this case? During my last exterior job I did not try dipping the brush in water because I was not sure that this would be right and I did not want to find out on the front of the house.

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Old 11-28-2006, 12:38 AM   #2
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Yes, you would dip it into some water. Be aware that doing so can cause the paint to run down the handle easier if you're not careful. I would dip it, then kick/spin the excess water out.

As a general practice, I don't dip my brush in anything before painting, but it is cleaned frequently during use. I wouldn't consider this a critical step working with latex.


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Don't saturate the brush, I usually just get a little water on my hand and rub it onto the brush to make it damp, not wet. That way I don't have to abuse the brush, kicking, slapping and spinning.
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