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Didn't clean my good brush out good nuff. Now the bristles are kind of stuck together. How do I save it??

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what's on the brush???

paint... soak it in paint remover... brush out the bristles w/ a comb...
glue... hot water...
other chemicals are lac thinner, DNA, turps, toluene,

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Actually got a couple of them -- oil based paint and stain. How do I get them clean enough so I don't have to keep them soaking? Same with the poly one.

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Actually got a couple of them -- oil based paint and stain. How do I get them clean enough so I don't have to keep them soaking? Same with the poly one.

new brushes and take cre of them to start w/....

wash and comb the brushes out...
Urethane...
Urethane Solvents | Cured and Uncured Urethane Removal | Dynaloy

immerse the brush in Methylene Chloride. This solvent is hard to obtain as it has been declared a carcinogen. The user must take all precautions to prevent contact with skin and not to inhale the vapors while using MEK Methylene Chloride will cause the poly to swell and become soft for removal.


oil base...
Equal parts of acetone, methanol (wood alcohol), methylene chloride and toluene....
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I buy cheap brushes and throw them away every time. With the cost of thinners, rags, time spent, it would have to be a $50 dollar brush to make it worth while.
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I've had good results with a very strong TSP solution, but I think Stick's right, is it worth the time and energy?
A decent natural bristle brush could cost $30 or more/less depending on size and quality. Never store a brush without cleaning it, even overnight, in solvent; ain't worth the risk. I keep a 5 gal bucket with paint thinner (maybe a gal or so in it) specifically for spinning a brush in.
Th water based coating is a lot simpler as there's no need to save the dirty water.
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I only use water based latex paints, makes cleanup loads easier, and no worries about disposal. Hey, if they can paint a house with water based latex paint and it will be good for 30 years, that's good enough for me.

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Especially beware the MEC warnings. That stuff will migrate through rubber gloves. I worked in a place once where we had a young kid complaining that the stuff was burning his hands right through the gloves they giving him. I told him his smartest move would be to quit.

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I buy cheap brushes and throw them away every time. With the cost of thinners, rags, time spent, it would have to be a $50 dollar brush to make it worth while.
That's what I was doing -- buying the cheapies by the package, using tham a few times, and pitching them. But now a couple things have changed. First, I'm doing more now and using a lot of them. Second, they seem to lose bristles on the piece in the most inappropriate places. And a third, the good brushes leave less brush marks and are almost a pleasure to use. There is a difference.

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I'm not allowed real paint. If I was sent to paint a wall, you would find it one EVERY surface in EVERY room, and my hands would be that colour for a month. My wife hasnt let me paint in the house for over 40 years. (see, theres always an up side)
So Thats why when I do use a brush theres no point buying a good one.
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