Wednesday, May 1, 2013

How to Save a Paint Brush



When I am painting, I am usually working on more than one project at a time. As I am waiting for one piece of furniture to dry, I am touching up or starting another. This process is never pretty. Multiple colors of paint cans, some open, some covered, lay about. They are joined by various jars of waxes and stains, along with an assortment of artist brushes and paint brushes. Quite often, in my artistic flurry, I leave a paint brush unattended and fully loaded with paint, only to suffer a slow death. Before long, I find its long tapered handle covered in a cement of dried paint and its soft bristles hard and virtually immovable. I confess I have ruined quite a few brushes this way. So, I was thrilled when I found this simple tip on Pinterest.

 All you need is Murphy oil soap, and of course, your dried up paint brushes.


This brush's bristles had dried together with paint and it was unusable.


  I soaked my brush overnight and in the morning...it was like new!!! I then used this all my brushes and no matter how old the paint on them was, they all cleaned up beautifully. I now use Murphy oil soap to clean my brushes daily.


Find beauty in your day!
Debbie

7 comments:

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

i have a few brushes in need! :) thanks for the tips!

Shannon Barefoot said...

Great tip!! Thanks Debbie :)

Jocie@TheBetterHalf said...

love it....i just threw away some brushes...i guess i should have saved them! ;)

Elizabeth Bleas said...

How easy is that!?... What types of paint has dried on your brushes that this method worked on? Thanks for a great tip! I use Murphy's oil soap to clean all our bridles and saddles. It is amazing for that also!

LaVerne DeHart said...

Hi Debbie! I just love Pinterest because of this type of valuable information! i am so glad that you found it and shared it because, just like everyone who's ever painted, I am guilty of ruining a few good brushes in my time! It sounds like painting is what you do for a living. I am excited to see more on your site. Thank you so much for the Murphy's Oil Soap information!

Sarah said...

Thanks for the tip. I do a lot of painting and have had trouble with small amounts of paint drying at the base of my brush, making it hard to use. Going to try this now!

Stephanie Butler said...

I used a very fine and awesome paint brush for my paintings and they are great.

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