Cleaning Paintbrushes

Clean your brushes well, and you won't have to buy new ones for every job

Paintbrush protector
Illustration by Narda Lebo

Expensive paintbrushes actually cost less in the long run than bargain-bin brushes because high-quality brushes will last a lifetime. But only if you clean them immediately after each use. Soak the brushes in either water (for latex paint) or mineral spirits (for an oil-based paint). Then rake out the bristles with a brush comb. Pay particular attention to the area where the bristles join the metal ferrule. Paint has a tendency to collect there and then dry in hard clumps.

Make cleanup easier on your next painting project by wrapping a strip of 2-inch-wide masking tape around the ferrule. Position the tape, as illustrated, so it overlaps the bristles by about ¾ inch; that will help keep paint from seeping into the joint between the bristles and ferrule.

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Paintbrush Protector

 

Paintbrush Protector

Paintbrush Protector
Illustration by Narda Lebo

Paintbrush Protector

 
 

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