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    Cleaning paintbrushes

    I'm getting really annoyed at cleaning the paint off my brushes with water. It simply does not work, at least not efficiently - I'm finding I'm spending about half my time simply trying to get all the paint out. Surely there's got to be a better way... how does everyone else do it?

    I was thinking maybe having a small cup of turps and dipping the brushes into it might do the trick, but apparently turps isn't any use on wet acrylic paint, and I'm also kinda worried that it might damage my paintbrushes.

    Any suggestions?


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    I always have used water in a cup but for my tank brush I put it under running water. And then wipe it off throughly. Im not sure about that turps stuff :confused:
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    I have a jar that I got at a local art supply store. In it is a metal coil that is excellent fro disloging paint from a brush I fill the jar with water and liquid brush soap and then gently run the brush across the coils. If I am not using the brush for awhile I will wedge it between the coils so that it stays submerged until I need it. Seems to work good. I also use a bar soap to create a nice point on the brushes when I am done with them.

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    More often

    It sounds like your not cleaning your brush often enough during the painting process. I usualy paint for about three minutes then clean the brush, paint three minutes clean the brush.Its a habit I've gotten into over the years.
    I have brushes that have lasted for a couple of years doing this. Of course I have been known to pay 8-10 dollars for a brush sometimes, and brush quality is very important factor for me.
    Just try cleaning the brush a little more often and see if that helps.
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    I agree with JAFO. I will paint for a few minutes and then clean the brush, even if I will be still be using the same color paint. This a) makes it easier to clean the paint each time and b) keeps the paint always going on smoothly layer after layer. I find that if I don't clean frequently, little bits of paint harden between the bristles and flake off onto the mini, giving a "cakey" look to the paint, and eventually ruin the brush. I have one detail brush (000) that I've used for over 12 years through the meticulous method I've just described, and it still gives incredible detail. Oh, and before retiring the brush, I'll roll it on my tongue and place the cover on the tip. Nothing like human saliva to keep a brush tip straight!
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