Getting the Paint Out of your Brush

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    Jennifer McLean
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    @jennifer-mclean

    That’s exactly what I do too Kate. Although I’ve heard of a brush cleaner bar that’s olive oil and maybe thyme or rosemary that’s supposed to prevent brushes from drying out, it’s actually supposed to keep them conditioned. Darned if I can find what I saw the other day though. I had thought brush cleaners could also be used to recondition a brush, by adding a tiny bit and reforming the bristles, let dry, leave for a while and they’ll come back to a good point. Maybe I read that wrong or on a different brush cleaner.

    #125776
    Sandra Strait
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    @sandra-strait

    It’s possible that the drying problem is one that occurred with older products and has been addressed or possibly because people used products meant for oil paint on their watercolor brushes. Ack.  I really can’t remember where I heard about the problem, but I vaguely remember reading about it and then having it confirmed by someone I know. Long ago though.

    #125777
    Mary Roff
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    @mary-roff

    Somewhere I heard someone say they used Murphy’s oil soap to clean their brushes.  Seems harsh to me but has anyone ever heard of doing that?

    #125778
    Sandra Strait
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    @sandra-strait

    Seems harsh to me too, though I suppose if it was watered down enough.

    #126043
    Tonya L
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    @tonya

    I’ve used Murphy’s to get dried acrylic out of stiff boar’s hair (I think that’s the hair) house paint brushes, but there’s no way I’d use that on my watercolor brushes. Maybe some oil and acrylic painters use it? I think it would be deadly for soft natural hair like sable or squirrel and possibly deteriorate some softer synthetic bristles also.

    #126044
    Tonya L
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    @tonya

    Jennifer – I leave Master’s in to reshape a misshapen brush. Clean/reshape the brush with it and then leave it in and allow to dry. Just wash it out before you paint! 🙂

    #126068
    Sandra Strait
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    @sandra-strait

    I do think that’s where the whole debate comes in – people use something for acrylic or oil, and others think it is okay for watercolor brushes. Watercolor brushes are so much more delicate.

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