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Old paint brushes
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sam    Posted 12-19-2004 at 12:53:11       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I forgot and left my brushes out and now I need to give them new life. I read once about some kind of warm oil but I forgot. Yes, they did not get cleaned either. Can anyone help me????? There must be an old time answer with out going to buy them new gimkets.


Mike in tn    Posted 12-19-2004 at 16:35:09       [Reply]  [No Email]
Don't know about restoring old brushes, but have a good tip about useing brushes when painting with enamel paint. Just stick them in a pan of water. The next day when you are ready to paint just sling the water out and start painting. Just be sure that it is completely covered in water.
Mike


hay    Posted 12-19-2004 at 14:29:04       [Reply]  [No Email]
forgot this: try putting them in a hot vinegar solution. sometimes it works good also. depends on the type of paint and how long it was on there.


hay    Posted 12-19-2004 at 14:15:45       [Reply]  [No Email]
you can try to soak them in ammonia/water solution and that should soften and clean them. also try "EASY OFF" oven cleaner and wash them in warm soapy water and rinse very good. once clean,rub BOILED LINSEED oil into the bristles and then clean again.


Pine Cone    Posted 12-19-2004 at 18:37:56       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Depending on the paint and your patience,
1) let them soak in glycerine for a week and see if that softens them enough to clean with usual cleaner
2) Soak them automotive eurethane reducer (reducer for the color coat/clearcoat lines)
3) Buy a can of brush cleaner from the hardware store, and let them soak.
4) If you have any furniture to strip, use the brushes to apply the stripper, and clean them well when done. This does a good job of conditioning brand new brushes too.


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