The conclusion of your painting project does not have to be with the last stroke. It is essential to wash the brushes. It is a laborious job that DIYers hate. But the improper storage of your tools can result in irreparable damage to the tools you use.
Solvent-based paints are among the most difficult to wash. The most effective solution is to use an excellent paint thinner, often referred to as white spirit.
A couple of clean jars are required as well as enough paint thinner, water, and mild detergent.
Step 1 Enough paint thinner
Put enough paint thinner in an empty container. After the paint thinner has been set, put the brush inside. Be sure that the bristles are completely submerged by the white spirit.
You can get rid of the most paint you can by stirring the thinner with the brush. But, it is important to be careful not to crush bristles against the sides of jars since the pressure can cause bristles to be damaged and damaged. In about 1 minute, stir it vigorously.
Step 2 Bristles are fully coated
The brush must be transferred from one jar to the next by adding the thinner to the second. Make sure to use enough thinner so that the bristles are fully coated. Don’t toss the thinner out of the first jar, but let it to remain in the jar for a while.
Continue to scrub the brush to remove any remaining paint. For about 1 minute stirring the brush thoroughly.
Step 3 Soap and water
The brush must be removed from the container. Make use of mild soap and water to wash the brush. To get rid of the paint residue, apply your fingers. Simply press the bristles between your thumb and forefinger, starting at the base and finishing at the end.
Once all paint has gone then wash the brush using running water that is lukewarm. To get rid of any water that is not completely removed brush bristles, press the brush onto the microfiber towel.
Cover the brush with the newspaper, not pressing the bristles. Then, put it in a horizontal drawer.
Our expert tips
While it’s easy to wash your brushes using paint thinner, the chemicals employed in this process are toxic. Be sure to wear the appropriate protective equipment and ensure that your tools are kept clean in a well-ventilated space, and preferably outdoors.
It is possible to keep the brush in paint thinner jars in case you require the brush to complete a short task, like applying another coat of paint. If you have to keep the brush for more than 24 hours, you are able to clean it up and store it until the next time you use it.
You will save money as well as the environment by not dumping paint thinners that were used to cleanse brushes. Let the jars sit for at minimum two hours, until the paint residue has been deposited on the bottom. Use a strainer to carefully return the cleaner back to the container it came from.
To prevent causing harm to the environment, get rid of paint remnants in a responsible way.