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Synthetic Paint Brushes

Synthetic paint brushes are a great alternative to natural paint brushes and can give just as good a finish when used with the right paints. For advice on which synthetic paint brush you should choose, just get in touch.

Cleaning synthetic paint brushes

Brush restoration solvents are highly toxic, as shown by the ‘skull and crossbones’ symbol on their labels. The toxins include harsh chemicals. All of these are poisonous and can be very dangerous to a person’s health. It’s much safer and easier to look after your  brushes properly so they can be re-used again and again.

The process of cleaning actually starts before painting. A new or dry brush should not be dipped directly into paint, because on hot or dry days, the paint on the brush or on the top of the handle can harden in as little as one hour.

There are ways to prevent this from happening depending on what type of paint is being used. If the paint is oil-based, then you will find the brush much easier to work with if you dip it lightly in a spirit before you start to paint. If the paint is latex or water-based, the brush should be dipped in water before using. It’s important to lightly shake the brush after dipping it in paint thinner or water, respectively.

To keep a brush from drying out during a painting session with latex based paint, it’s important to wrap it lightly in a damp cloth when you are not painting. The cloth will prevent the water and paint chemicals on the brush from drying out, and will keep the paint on the brush fresh. Use a cloth when painting with oil based paint as well, however soak the cloth in paint thinner instead of water. It’s advisable to keep the cloth in a closed container for safety and health reasons.

When cleaning a synthetic paint brush, never bend the bristles while running them under water, and never attempt to squeeze the paint from the bristles. By the same token, don’t attempt to clean a brush by turning it upside down and running the tap directly on the bristles. Both of these cleaning methods will stress the brush’s bristles and cause premature bristle failure.