How to Clean Paint Brushes?

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A good-quality paint brush is the precise tool for your painting job and hence it is worth an investment. Good-quality paint brushes are worth if and only if they are properly cared, once used. Cleaning and storing your paint brushes after the use, will help extending the useful life of paint brushes.

There are different types of paints available, for different painting jobs. Due to difference in properties of various paints, paint brushes require different cleansing process after application. A homeowner must know how to clean paint brushes after the painting job is finished. Here we have tried to give brief information on how to clean paint brushes depending on different types of paints used.

Also Read: Different Types of Paint Brushes for Different Painting Jobs!

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How to Clean Paint Brushes after using Water – Bbased (Acrylic, Latex & Emulsion) Paints?

It is very easy to clean latex or emulsion paints. You should immediately clean the brush after the use and do not let the paint to dry as it will harden the bristles. A mixture of warm water and mild soap or detergent is enough to the clean the paint brush.

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01. Remove as much as paint from the paint brush by brushing it on an old rag or newspaper.

02. Dip the brush in to the mixture of soap and warm water.

03. Rinse the brush and work your fingers through the bristles to clean the excess paint near the ferrule.

04. You can also use a paintbrush comb to remove the excess paint.

05. Wash the brush in clean water and let it dry.

06. Wrap the brush in a sheet of newspaper and seal it with the help of a rubber band. Store the brush by hanging it so that the bristle remains soft and intact.

How to Clean Paint Brushes after using Oil Paints?

For cleaning paint brush after using oil-based paints, a solvent such as mineral spirit, paint thinner, alcohol, etc is required. You should always use a solvent which is recommended by the manufacturer company.

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01. Remove as much paint as possible from the paint brush by brushing it on an old rag or newspaper.

02. Dip the paint brush into the solvent.

03. Work through the bristles using your fingers dipping the paint brush in up and down directions. Keep swirling the paint brush in solvent until all of the paint is washed.

04. You can also use paint brush comb to remove the excess paint near the ferrule. Comb the brush in the direction from ferrule to the end of bristle.

05. Remove excess solvent by spinning the paint brush.

06. If the oil-based paint has dried out on the paint brush, then keep the paint brush soaked in the solvent for few minutes and repeat the above process.

07. Wrap the paint brush in a sheet of newspaper and seal it with the help of a rubber band. Store the brush by hanging it, to keep it intact.

Taking good care of your paint brush and cleaning them regularly will help them last longer and make them effective throughout their life span which ultimately will help you in saving money.

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Basic Components of Paint
Different Types of Primer Paint
Aluminium Paint: All that You Wanted to Know
Tips to Ensure Consistency of Paint in the Home

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