How many times has it happened to you that you finish painting something and you forget to rinse your brushes? The worst thing is that when you want to use them again, you forget in the state that you had left them.
So you have to clean them, and it doesn’t come out with anything! Or you decide to go out and buy a new one because you think they no longer serve you.
This is why we bring you some tips to restore your brushes and so that you always have them ready for a new adventure.
1. Use white spirit
Every good painter has a bottle of white spirit on hand! Otherwise, in any hardware store, it can be found at an affordable price. What you should do is put a little white spirit in a container and then introduce the brush until the part of the bristles is covered. Leave it for a few minutes for the paint to loosen, then rinse it off in the water. If it has not finished coming out, conveniently, you submerge it in turpentine. When it is immaculate, let it dry and store it.
2. Apply acetone
If you don’t have white spirit in your home, you probably do have acetone. The best way to remove old paint with this product is to moisten a cloth with acetone and spread it on the bristles of the brush until it is well impregnated. Then it would be best if you scratched the bush with a metal bristle brush. To finish, repeat the last steps of the procedure with white spirit: rinse it, let it dry, and put it away.
3. Use thinner
Thinner has the same properties as the white spirit. The difference is that the latter is less refined than thinner. Therefore, if you have this product at home, you can follow the same procedure as with the white spirit.
4. Vinegar to remove dry paint
Vinegar is also useful to remove dry paint, and the best thing is that we have it in the kitchen. Pour some vinegar into a container and bring it to a boil. Place the brush in the vinegar making sure the bristles are covered. Let it act for at least two minutes. Run a brush through the bristles, and you will see that the paint comes off little by little. Take this tip into account to bring your brushes back to life and extend their life.
5. Wash the rollers with soapy water
The rollers, as well as the brushes, are easy to clean. They have a considerable absorption power, so you should make sure they are well cleaned. The first step in doing this is by spreading a few pieces of newspaper on the floor. Roll the utensil across this surface to remove excess paint, replace the paper until it no longer paints. Remove the drum handle from the roller and wash with plenty of soap and water or a solvent, depending on the type of paint used. That should be enough to make this utensil like new.
6. Varnish remover
Dipping your paintbrushes in varnish remover will also help them look good and reliable again, just like they did when you first bought them.
Soak your brushes for a few days in a little gasoline. Then scrub the bristles with a wire brush and then wash your brushes with soap and water.
8. Use hot water
Soaking your brushes in hot water is also useful for deep cleaning. The bits of paint stuck on the bristles of the brush will still be easily removed.
9. Use almond oil
It’s not always practical, but some people sometimes mix a little almond oil with hot water to clean the brushes. On the other hand, you must then rinse the bristles of your brushes thoroughly!
10. Wrap your brushes well after cleaning
Once your brushes are cleaned, enclose them in airtight bags so that they retain moisture and remain flexible. Of course, this tip is to be done if you intend to reuse these brushes the next day, for example.
I hope these products are useful for you to clean your brushes! In any case, I advise you to try to clean them with any detergent every time you finish painting so that you save these procedures.
Common mistakes to avoid
- Don’t leave your brushes submerged in water. This can deform the bristles. Also, the wood may become damp and spoil.
- Dry your brushes horizontally. Ideally, leave them in the air, but if you can’t, there are cloth cases that absorb moisture perfectly.
- Clean the dirtiest ones with soap. There are some brushes that, due to time or quantity of paint, are dirtier than others. To clean them thoroughly, apply a little soap to the palm of your hand, moisten the brush and rub it in.
- Once you finish cleaning it and with the brush still wet, shape it with your fingers. In this way, they will dry with their original shape, and the bristles will stay in place.
- If you need to leave your brushes submerged in the cleaner, avoid that the tip of the brush touches the bottom of the bottle.
One last tip, after you rinse your brush, let it dry thoroughly before storing it with the bristles up. This will help preserve the wood of the brush.