I really hate painting, but my work involves many small projects where it just doesn’t make sense to hire a professional painter. I figured that using throwaway brushes would eliminate at least that nasty part of the task, but they’re just not pleasant to use. They don’t feel right. A good brush loads well, spreads well, and feels good in your hand. Consequently, I’ve developed some good techniques for cleaning those expensive brushes.
Solvent is cheaper than brushes. Use lots for an initial cleaning, then hold the brush upright, grabbing the tip, and wiggle the solvent into the ferrule. That’s where most brushes die. The final touch is a washing with soap and water. I’ve used dishwashing soap and more aggressive cleaners, but the magic moment came one day when all I had on the shelf was Murphy’s Oil Soap. It cleans beautifully and leaves the brush softly conditioned for the next use.
Juris Pukinskis, via email, None