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Old 05-03-2007, 11:10 PM
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Is it possible to ever clean all of the paint out of a paintbrush? I don't think it is. I keep the damn paintbrush under the water for hours and paint still comes off the brush. How long until the water runs clear? One of lifes great mysteries?

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Old 05-03-2007, 11:51 PM
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Latex? Don't really need to get it all off.
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Old 05-04-2007, 04:30 AM
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For starters I've got to ask, what the heck are you doing "filling" the bristles with paint all the way up to the base of the handle? What were you painting a barn, a fence or overhead?

Either way if it's a good brush then keep at it......remember you only paint with the tip and the first few inches of the bristles.

This tool will aid you getting your brushes and rollers clean. I've got one and they do work Great!
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If it is latex and you clean it well enough you will get all the paint out but sometimes the bristles will remain stained with paint. As long as the water is clear for the most part you have removed all the paint.

Be sure and put it back in the shuck so it will retain it's shape and not get too bushy
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I agree with Garett. You don't need to load the brush with paint. Here is how I use to clean brushes when I ran my painting company ......

For latex...
Rinse under a hose and work the bristles with your hand until you get all the paint out.
Take a paint brush comb and comb the bristles.
Take a brush/roller spinner (available at paint stores) and spin the brush several times to get the water out.
One more rake through with the comb and your done.

Also buying high quality brushes is important.
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old dog learns new trick........varnished the mahogany cover boards on my boat yesterday........originaly i sprayed em.....yesterday i used a throw away foam brush......absolutely no brush marks.......and no clean up...very happy with the results.......going to try it on some painted areas next....
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old dog learns new trick........varnished the mahogany cover boards on my boat yesterday........originaly i sprayed em.....yesterday i used a throw away foam brush......absolutely no brush marks.......and no clean up...very happy with the results.......going to try it on some painted areas next....
Those doodads work great for stain or varnish. Especially when it is oil based so you don't have to worry about the clean up.
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Big Al sez - ALL paintbrushes are disposable.

Saves much time & misery, and I just chalk it up to the cost of doing the project


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Old 05-04-2007, 08:29 PM
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AW little dish soap goes a long way in this process.
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Old 05-04-2007, 09:09 PM
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I do the same as Thom. First, rinse a couple of times with water, and then use some soap (I use Dawn) to get most of the rest out.
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Old 05-05-2007, 11:55 AM
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Use Top Job or another amonia based cleaner. The higher PH will solubalise the latex faster than plain water.
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Old 05-06-2007, 01:02 AM
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I agree with them. When I am using Latex paint I just use water and a good dish detergent. I do alot of lettering so this requires oil-based paints so then I clean my brush with mineral spirits and store them in motor oil so they wont get hard.
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Whitley - 5/5/2007 1:02 PM

I do alot of lettering so this requires oil-based paints so then I clean my brush with mineral spirits and store them in motor oil so they wont get hard.
Why on earth would you do that? If you are going to use the same brush with the same paint the next day or later that week why not just wrap it in plastic and stick it in the freezer? Crips sticking it in the freezer is even good for several months............for latex paint as well - rollers and brushes alike!
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Old 05-07-2007, 12:23 AM
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haha i knew that was coming..I have about 50-60 brushes so my parents wouldn't want that many stuck in their freezer. An old signpainter taught me this trick and it keeps them in much better condition.
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Old 05-07-2007, 06:42 AM
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take a coffee can and put some paint thinner or acetone in it and soak the brush in it for a few hours
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