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Old 08-14-2010, 07:24 PM   #1
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I have 6 good Purdy brushes that were placed bristles down in a bucket--

The bucket had a bit of paint water in it! Now the brushes have dried latex in the tips -----I''ve soaked them in hot soapy water---not good.

Any tried and true cleaning methods? I hate to turn them into dusters.--
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buy some brush cleaner , try to get the solvent based stuff not the waterbased.
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I have 6 good Purdy brushes that were placed bristles down in a bucket--

The bucket had a bit of paint water in it! Now the brushes have dried latex in the tips -----I''ve soaked them in hot soapy water---not good.

Any tried and true cleaning methods? I hate to turn them into dusters.--
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You have to start by wiping off any excess paint using a cloth. Gently squeezing the bristles from the ferrule edge outwards with your fingers, or with a cloth, which will help remove paint from the brush. But be careful to avoid pulling on the bristles. Now rinse the brush in turpentine or oil if you've been using oils or lukewarm water if you've been using a water-based paint. Never use hot water as it can expand the ferrule, causing the hairs to fall out. Now that the brush is wet/ damp wipe it on the cloth again to remove the last of the excess paint.
Remember always wash gently using a little bit of mild soap (rather than dishwashing liquid). You should dab the brush gently onto a piece of soap, and then work up a lather in a small container (or the palm of your hand if you're not using any toxic pigments or solvents). Then rinse and repeat until there's no trace of any color coming out. Over time a brush may become stained with repeated use but don't stop rinsing until you're sure there's no paint left. Rinse once more in clean, lukewarm water to remove any traces of soap. Shake off the water then use your fingers to gently shape the brush head into its correct shape.
Now leave the brush to dry at room temperature and ensure it's not resting on its bristles as it will then dry out of shape. You can stand the brush on the back of the handle or lay it flat.
Note if necessary, wrap the bristles in a piece of news paper or a brown paper bag while the brush is still wet. When the paper dries it'll contract, pulling the bristles into shape. Just remember to always use separate brushes for oil painting and water-based paints. After all, oil repels water and do not let acrylic paint dry on a brush as its water-resistant when dry and you should never leave a brush standing in water as this will also deform the bristles. Now if your brush is made from natural bristle, you can soften it by dipping it in clean oil after you have cleaned it.
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I have 6 good Purdy brushes that were placed bristles down in a bucket--

The bucket had a bit of paint water in it! Now the brushes have dried latex in the tips -----I''ve soaked them in hot soapy water---not good.

Any tried and true cleaning methods? I hate to turn them into dusters.--
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After I'm done washing a latex type of paint brush (ex: Purdy Nylox) in water, I give it a final rinse in clean laquer thinner. The laquer thinner seems to get out the last residual amount of paint left behind by water.

If I'm cleaning a natural bristle brush used for oil based paints then after the final laquer thinner rinse, I also massage in a couple drops of mineral oil.

Good paint brushes are expensive. It pays to take good care of them.
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good instructions epson , but they would be best for cleaning a newly used brush.
It sounds as though these have been dried up & sitting some.
That's why I recommended the stronger brush cleaner. Also , if they are really bad , you can use a putty knife to GENTLY scrape off the excess paint on the outside of the brush.
You should also probably use a brush cleaner tool. You could substitute an old fork or hair comb to use as a comb to run through the bristle to get all the gunk out.
I like to use a small plastic bristle or even brass bristle scrub type brush to run over all the exterior of the bristle's.

I would follow all this up with a good "normal" cleaning , such as epson suggested.
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Thanks every one--That's over $100 in good brushes--Ill use the lacquer thinner in one--
Hennyh--Why not the Nylox? Two are Nylox--

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Thanks every one--That's over $100 in good brushes--Ill use the lacquer thinner in one--
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Yes, with Nylox. Ex: means example
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this is how we learn, if its the tips especially, throw them out and get another, don't really have to buy 6 at a time.

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