Video: They say painting is all about the prep, and maintaining a clean paint brush will ensure your next paint job starts out right. The meticulous approach shown here uses the least amount of paint thinner and maximizes it’s effectiveness.
A high quality brush will last for years if taken care of. They cost a bit more but are definitely worth it. If you’ve ever had to repaint something because the cheapo brush you used made lines or lost bristles in the paint, then you know that a good brush pays for itself quickly.
The cleaning technique shown above only uses 3mm of thinner to thoroughly dip and saturate the brush. Higher amounts of thinner won’t be more effective at cleaning a brush, so why waste it?
Once the paint brush is soaked with thinner run a stainless steel wire brush through it a few times and then repeat the entire process 4-5 times. This may seem like a tedious technique but you’ll save money on thinner and replacing dirty brushes. Check out the video to see the whole process in action.
How to Clean a Paint Brush [AskWoodMan]
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