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how do you guys do it. mine always end up frayed so any tips would be usefull
all i do is wash them thoroughly after use, put the plastic tube on when it's not being used and make sure it is stored horozontally or with the bristles facing up.
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I'm a tip licker. And I just use those little cylanders thay come with.
There are several things you can do to help sustain the life of your brushes. One of the best is to get a brush cleaner (a liquid soap) and periodically clean your brushes. Paint in the ferrule (metal area of the brush where the bristles come out of) will cause the tips to splay.
Another thing I use is a brush soap bar to help maintain a nice tip. I get the brush wet and run it along the bar soap until it gets a little buildup and then wipe it on a paper towl shaping it to a point. I have found this works great.
Also believe it or not the quality of brush is a big factor on keeping a nice tip. I highly recommend sable over synthetic brushes and will go so far as to recommend the windsor and newton series 7 miniature brushes.
I'm having the same probs with my brushes box, mine didnt come with the plastic thingies over them, Cause they came indivuadlly in casings, good brushes. But theyv been slowly getting worse. But before i Paint i get them alittle wet and then I do circular motions over my paper towl and I can get a good sort of temporary good tip to it for while I paint.
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Like slorak said, the windsor and newton series 7 mini brushes work very well and are fairly durable on their own (but that doesn't mean you should abuse them... ). Keeping the plastic caps or obtaining plastic caps to put on the brushes when they are not in use will help. I'd reccomend keeping them in a jar or cup with the tips upwards so they aren't against anything.
When actually painting, take care to keep paint out of the ferrule -- I generally only have paint halfway up the bristles when I paint. If you get paint in there, wash it out quickly, as this is bad for the brush. If you are painting with one color for a period of time and your paint isn't thinned enough (i.e, it's thick and somewhat dry), you may end up having some dry on the brush while painting -- so make sure to wash the brush frequently when painting, and not necessarily just between colors. I also lick the tip to reshape it after I wash it off, but not everyone likes to do that.
Every now and then, use a brush cleaner to wash the brushes. There are a lot of commercial cleaners out there (I use some stuff called Pink Soap, which is supposed to clean and help preserve the brushes).
I'd reccomend investing in some good quality brushes and then take care of them as well as you can -- it'll go a long way in improving your painting ability, and save some frustration.
Also another note on brushes. You may think that the price for a windsor and newton series 7 brush might be expensive (average about $13-1 however think about the cost of continuously replacing cheaper brushes.
I have had my windsor and newton brushes for almost 4 years now and they are still going strong. Add up the cost of replacing your average $5 brush at least once a year! Not to mention the headache and poorer paint jobs!
ditto it keeps the heads nicely and shapely and i always keep the plastic tubes that come with themOriginally Posted by archonofdeath
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