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Paintbrush Cleaning Tips

Posted by Meagan Adolphson | Nov 17, 2014 4:23:00 AM

In order to ensure that your paintbrushes last, it’s important to make a habit of cleaning them correctly. We have outlined a few tips to make your cleaning easier.

 This quick checklist will help you make those paint brushes last for your next painting project.

  • For oil-based or latex-based paint, use mineral spirits, turpentine or acetone.Jacksonville Clean Paint Brushes
  • For water-based paint, clean your paintbrushes with warm water and a drop of liquid dish soap. Shampoo also does a good job with water-based paint!
  • For hardened water-based paint, soak your brushes in warm water and add a few drops of dish soap and white vinegar.
  • You might want to save and reuse your solvents, such as mineral spirits for another occasion. This is why it’s important to initially wipe your paintbrushes with a paper towel. By cleaning up the excess paint, your solvent jar will last longer.
  • Clean your brushes in a ventilated area, since some of the fumes from the solvents, can be harmful to your health.
  • To avoid toxic products on your skin and eyes, it’s always a good idea to wear gloves and eye –wear, while cleaning your paintbrushes.
  • Make sure to use different paintbrushes for oil and water-based paint.
  • Never let a paintbrush dry on its tip, the bristles will get damaged. Synthetic brushes may be able to regain their shape by soaking them in hot water.
  • Try to clean your paintbrushes while they are still wet. It will be more difficult to clean them once the paint is dry.
  • Before using a paintbrush for the first time, dampen in with a drop of paint thinner. This will make cleanup easier and make your paintbrush last longer.
  • Ideally it’s best to clean your brushes right away, however, if you are unable to do so, you can store brushes with water-based paint in the freezer. If you are painting with water-based paint, wrap your paintbrush in plastic wrap and then aluminum foil. Let your paintbrush thaw before using it again. 


Topics: Commercial Painting, Maintenance, Miscellaneous

Written by Meagan Adolphson

Meagan Adolphson is the Office Manager at Performance Painting Contractors. Meagan provides customer service and assists the project managers to ensure success for each project. Meagan’s talents don’t stop there, she assists Jason Parker, the owner, with various office duties to keep things running smoothly.

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