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How to clean Paintbrushes

Painting is something that Home Depot has been helping Americans with for a long time. Using the best Home Depot Coupons from We Are Coupons you can save money at Home Depot on paint and even paintbrushes. While Home Depot sells all kinds of paint brushes do you know how to clean them? 

Cleaning Acrylic Paint Brushes

Acrylic paint dries very fast and brushes need to be cleaned just as fast after use. It is very easy to clean brushes used for acrylic paint. First remove as much paint from brush as possible using a paper towel or  cloth. Next swirl your brush in a jar of water and clean off as much paint as you can. Remove the brush and wipe out paint and water with a cloth or paper towel, You may need to do this a few times. Once done your brush is ready for storage until the next time.

Cleaning Oil Paint Brushes

Oil paint dries slower than acrylic and because of the chemicals in the paint brushes are more difficult to clean. Firstly, as with acrylic paint, remove excess paint from the brush. Next place the brush in a jar of cleaning minerals and ideally use a coil or brush washer to run the brush over to release the oil paint, this may take up to 20 minutes. Once done and you are satisfied that that you have removed most of the paint use some paintbrush cleaning soap worked to a lather to give the brush a final deep clean. Once done, wipe the brush dry with a cloth and place the brush back in storage.

Cleaning Watercolor Craft Paint Brushes

Crafting and painting of art with watercolors is a popular pastime. Many people are unsure how to properly clean their brushes after use, cleaning these brushes is relatively easy and should be done as soon as you have finished painting. No chemicals or soaps are needed for the very gentle cleaning needed with these brushed. Using a simple jar filled with water swirl the brush for a couple of minutes and once cleaned rinse under the tap quickly. The paint should be removed easily. Never leave these brushes standing in water as this unshapes the brush. Once rinsed, take  cloth and reshape the bristles and your brush will look as good as new.

Choosing the Right Paintbrush

When it comes to choosing the right brush for painting it is always worthwhile choosing higher quality brushed. It makes sense to keep a selection of different sized brushes in your tool cupboard, some for broad strokes and big jobs and other for touch ups when needed. Always seek advice about the right brush for the job if you are uncertain.

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