Tips for cleaning your paint brushes

Painting brushes are one of the common painting tools. Quality brushes are expensive, but they can help you in doing a good painting job. Investing in these brushes is a worthwhile expense. These brushes can be reused over a long period provided they are cleaned and cared for properly. The process of cleaning the paint brushes is relatively simple when it is done in the right way.

Cleaning of water-based paints

The use of water-based paints has made the brush cleaning process very easy. These brushes should be cleaned right away after use, but with water-based paints, cleaning can be done even after the brushes have been left for a while. The excess paint should be removed from your brush by wiping. This is followed by running some warm water over your brush until the bristles are clear. The excess water is then removed by pressing the bristles against a hard surface. Finally, the bush should be lest for some time to dry.

Oil-based paints

This paint cannot be washed out using water because oil and water are immiscible. These brushes should be cleaned using the chemical based products like thinner. When doing this job, it is advisable to wear protective clothing such as gloves and ensure that there is plenty of ventilation. All that you just require is a metal container, a rag, and a solvent such as paint thinner. The paint thinner is put in a metallic container, and the bush is then dipped inside.

The brush should be moved around the container to make sure that thinner or the solvent remove all the paint. The brush should be wiped on the container’s edge to get rid of the paint thinner or the solvent used. Once the brush is clean, it should be wiped on the rag to make sure that no solvent is left over. Always keep in mind that most of the inorganic solvents are highly flammable and toxic.

Latex paint

This paint is also cleaned with water. To start with, you should put water in a bucket and then add some soap. The brush is then cleaned in the bucket. However, you are advised to avoid washing your paint down the septic system. The chemicals found in the paint can damage your system. Again these chemicals can be absorbed into the underground water. This might contaminate your well. Once your brushes are dry, a special solvent is used to remove the latex paint. The dried latex paint can also be cleaned up using alcohol.

 

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