How to Clean your Brushes

How to Clean Acrylic and Watercolour Brushes

To clean acrylic brushes, start by wiping off any excess paint on a rag. This will remove most of the paint from the bristles and prevent it from drying and becoming harder to remove. Next, run the brush under warm water in the sink and add a drop of dish soap. Gently work the soap into the bristles, making sure to clean the base of the bristles where paint often accumulates. Rinse the brush thoroughly with warm water, making sure all soap residue is removed. Repeat the process if necessary. Once the brush is clean, reshape the bristles and lay the brush flat to air dry.

Take caution when leaving brushes unattended during painting, especially on hot days, as acrylic paint can quickly dry and damage the bristles. To prevent this, it’s recommended to periodically submerge the brushes in water, but not for an extended period as too much water can also harm the bristles.

How to Clean Oil Brushes

Cleaning oil brushes properly is essential for keeping them in good condition and prolonging their lifespan. Here is a step-by-step guide for cleaning oil brushes:

  1. After use, remove as much paint as possible from the brush by gently wiping it on a rag or paper towel.
  2. Fill a container with paint thinner or white spirit, and swirl the brush in the solvent to remove any remaining paint.
  3. Repeat the swirling and wiping process until the brush is clean and the solvent runs clear.
  4. Rinse the brush thoroughly with clean solvent to remove any residual paint and solvent.
  5. Shape the bristles back into their original form, and lay the brush flat or hang it to air dry.
  6. Once the brush is dry, store it in a safe place to protect the bristles from damage.

It’s important to note that cleaning oil brushes with solvents can be hazardous, so it’s recommended to use gloves and work in a well-ventilated area. Additionally, some solvents can be flammable, so it’s important to store solvents and rags safely and follow all safety precautions.

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