After any DIY paint project you undertake, correctly cleaning and storing your paint brushes may be the last thing you want to do. However, if you want to ensure your paint brushes have a long life, the cleaning process is essential. Here is a step by step guide to help you clean and store your paint brushes for future use:

  1. Wrap the head of your paint brushes in cling film or secure in an airtight plastic bag to keep your brushes fresh without having to give them a thorough clean. Also seal your brushes around the handle with masking tape and store in a dry place if you want to take a short break from your painting project


  1. After every project, give your brush a proper clean. The first thing you should do is scrape off as much paint on the brush as you can by scraping it against the rim of the paint can. You can also use a clean cloth or a wire brush. Try pulling off any clumps or strips of paint from the bristles with your fingers.Try not to damage or fray the brush by scraping it too hard.

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  1. Simply soak your brush in warm water for about 2 hours if you used a water-based paint. Dry the brush with a clean cloth and store in a dry place for future use.

For solvent-based paints, pour a small amount of solvent-based cleaner into a small jar or container and work the brush against the sides to get the cleaner into the base of the bristles. Soak for about 2 hours, dry and clean with cloth and store in a dry place.

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  1. After you’ve finished cleaning your brushes in the solvent, cover the container and leave for 24 hours. Once the paint has sunk to the bottom, you can tip the remaining solvent cleaner into the bottle for future use. Leave the paint to fully dry in the jar before disposing in the bin. Try to use as small a jar or container as possible to keep the solvent use to a minimum.


Reference: mcdonellpaints.ie , wikiHow

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