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Picked up some new citidel brushes the other day to replace my old ones (they were the old blue ones from years back). However everytime my fine detail brush makes contact with a model the hairs all spring out! dosnt matter how gental I touch or if I dab or stroke. Any ideas how to stop this?
Citadel brushes are not the best quality. If your brush does this it's already too late. Get new ones. Fortunately, good brushes for our modeling purposes are cheap, so spend the extra 5 bux and get the best brushes you can! Try to find best quality synthetic bristle brushes you can (some people INSIST on natural sable brushes, but I'm not one of them). I suggest Winsor-Newton brushes.
A couple of hard and fast rules:
Never allow paint to get into the metal ferrel , this will destroy a brush and cause the bristles to split. Paint only goes on as little of the tip as you need to cover the area you're working on at the moment.
Never use saliva to sharpen your brush tip, this will berak down the bristles over time.
Never keep brushes in your water-pot while painting, too much pigment and moisture will leach into the ferrel and ruin your brushes over time. Dab-dry your brushes with a paper towel after every single use.
Never use good brushes to drybrush, use old ones you don't care about.
Use a saddle-soap to clean your brushes periodically.
Hope this helps!
And for GODS sake.. stay away from GW brushes entirely.. They overprice everything they sell, and for some reason, this is the worst quality brush I have ever seen. I have purchased $2.00 brushes that lasted longer..
I spent $7.00 on a fine detail brush, and all the bristles fell out within an hour of using them.
As for the saliva.. I haven't really had a problem with that myself.. I have had some brushes that have kept their point and shape for over three years, and I always shape them with my tongue and lips.. Of course this is after it has been thoroughly rinsed, so maybe the water is still creating a barrier between the saliva and the bristles.
Anyway.. Yes, stay away from GW brushes (And GW greenstuff for that matter) and buy the better brushes from your hobby store. My recent purchase was 2 brushes for an average of $9.00 each. Synthetic bristles, and they are working very well.