Brush Rescue! How to Clean, Repair & Protect Your Paint Brushes All Brush Types, Paint Brush Care

Brush Rescue! How to Clean, Repair & Protect Your Paint Brushes All Brush Types, Paint Brush Care


hi this is Dena Tollefson and welcome to
my studio I’m so glad to have you here today do
you have a brush that looks like this well it’s looking a little raggedy or
maybe one that is falling off of its handle and maybe you’re wondering how
what’s the best way to keep your brushes clean I am here to help so if you have a
crack in your brush or your brush has fallen off its handle don’t worry you
can fix that pretty easily you just need an industrial-strength adhesive I’m
using E6000 here that’s my brand of choice I try and avoid using like a glue
stick or Elmer’s glue that type of thing because this really requires a stronger
adhesive just put it on with a toothpick and set it off to dry and in 24 to 48
hours you can use it again and the brush will be back like new periodically you might find that you
have a stray hair on one of your brushes or a group of stray hairs or your
brushes might get kind of frayed or fuzzy on the ends what you can do is
give them a little haircut the trick with giving a good haircut on your brush
is to get down right in by the ferrule and use the tiniest scissor that you can
find and only take off the stray hairs that are really see they’re sticking out
or causing a problem try and leave as much of the original brush as possible
so you can see here I’m using my tiny little embroidery scissor and giving
these brushes a new lease on life can also use your small scissor to
carefully trim off any fraying edges you might have on the top of your brush if
it comes down either throwing the brush out or giving a haircut sometimes giving
it a little haircut you can form a new shape on the brush or revitalize one
that was destined for the bin or the garbage can so whether your brush is
synthetic or natural or a combination the steps are all the same the first
thing is to get them most of the paint off either onto the canvas or onto your
palette and then wipe the excess off on a an old rag or paper towel something like
that then the next step would be to in water rinse the brush off and try and
get as much of the paint off in the water then use either if you have a
synthetic brush you can use a mild dishwashing detergent like I have
Palmolive here and if you have a natural brush you’ll want to use either baby
shampoo or something that you might use on your own hair
and then or what I’m using here is a cleanser specifically intended for just
for paint brushes because animal hair can be even more delicate than humans hair
so you’ll want to be really really gentle with those natural bristle
brushes they hold a lot of water and that’s good for painting but it also
makes it difficult for maintaining the brushes health so after you’re done then
you can rinse off in the water that’s the next step and then set the brush
down flat on a surface to dry you’ll want to make sure that the bristles are
shaped correctly back to the original shape just make sure that the handle is
sitting so that water does not go up into the ferrule well I hope this has
been helpful for you and please come back and see me again in the studio and
be sure to wring that subscription bell until next time this is Dena Tollefson
bye bye

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