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"a solvent free, non-toxic hand and brush cleaner for safely removing oil and acrylic paint. Cleans, conditions, and restores paint brushes in one step. Use with wet or dry oil paint, wet acrylic paints, watercolour paint and stains. Makes cleaning, conditioning, and preserving your brushes easier and better than ever before even the finest sable brushes. It will also restore most hardened brushes to like-new condition.
I buy new ones and paint with the funky brushes. I like yo paint with distressed brushes most of the time. It's like driving a car on ice. dangerous but fun.Good brushes maintained well can last a long time. Not good brushes not so much. I like not so good brushes.
I am reading this discussion closely. In the past few years,
I have ruined a variety of synthetic brushes while cleaning them (different
brands, different brush types, and apparently made from different materials!)
with techniques and materials which did not damage the natural brushes.
$$$ ggrrr. I have gone back to natural hair
brushes. I clean them with just walnut oil and keep them in walnut oil
continuously, which I learned from Mr. Carder’s videos and this forum. So far
toujoursI just watch this video in awe. Check out the painting of parallel fine lines. The guy is holding the camera and painting.Use a mahl stick as a ruler to guide a steady line.Thinning the paint helps, as does a light coating of medium on a dry canvas.Don't watch the brush tip as you paint, keep your eye on the destination.Here is a better demonstration https://youtu.be/mXf776CeKF4Denis
@dencal and @toujours - Amazing control! I am guessing he doesn't drink as much coffee as I do. Hey - hollowing out the paint brush handle to hold paint: is that how he did it? I' really like to know.
On restoring and maintaining brushes, does anyone use Richard Schmidt's technique of clamping the bristles in cardboard after they are cleaned? II did and it worked but only for a while, after an hour or so brush goes back to splay
@GTO I've done something very similar using Murphy's Oil Soap to soak the briushes first. Worked as well as your approach.My brushes are in good shape right now, but nest time that need this kind of treatment I plan to use a plastic hair comb to clean out the dried paint. I've also heard of using brass wire brushes to do the cleaning, but I think a comb would be more gentle on the bristles.I also make my own brush cleaning soap. I superfat it and use a recipe that it has good conditioning properties. Using this soap keeps the bristles "healthy".
MichaelDPharmacies sell hydrogen peroxide in 3% and 6% concentrations in small bottles with big prices.If you need large quantities or higher concentrations it is assumed you are building rockets or bombs.The Vanish product is quite effective. Though for a brush with dried paint I would start with the citrus paint stripper and finish up with the Vanish.Denis