Home Maintenance : How to Clean Paintbrushes: Water-Based Paint

Home Maintenance : How to Clean Paintbrushes: Water-Based Paint


Hi. I’m Tim Gipson, and I want to talk to
you about how to clean a paintbrush. Now, most of the paints that we use today are latex
base or acrylic base, which is a water base paint. So, when you’re done with you’re painting,
all your clean up can be done in the sink. Now here we have a brush were finished with.
And the first thing we want to do now, the most basic thing to do, is you want to run,
you want to use a lot of water. Now typically the warm water will work best, and what you
want to do is go ahead and get you’re fingers in and get a little dirty cause the paint
will come off. You want to rub lightly, and you want to rub with the bristles. So, away
from the handle down to the end. So, what you want to do is, you’re just working the
paint out of the brush. And you want to flip and you want to do this on both sides. Now,
if you’ve been doing a lot of work and what happens is some of that paint will dry up
towards the top of the brush. In that case, it’s good to have a tool such as this, because
then you can loosen up a lot of that paint by putting the comb, and essentially, you’re
just combing the paintbrush. But what that will do is help squeeze some the paint out,
but it also maybe removes some of those pieces of paint that have somewhat hardened. And
you’re going to want to do that on both sides. Now, it never hurts too, to make sure you
maintain your paintbrushes properly. You can take any kind of household soap and just use
a little bit. Then you can actually clean your brush, get some of your suds up, and
then rinse it out. The most important thing, is when you do finish rinsing your paintbrush,
you want to make sure you give it some shakes, to get that excess water out. Come back and
rinse some more. Now also, the way the paintbrush is designed, it will actually draw the paint
in. So hold it upside down and get some of that paint and then what you want to do is
you want to work your paint brush back and forth, back and forth, and that will help
draw the paint out that’s up in there. And again to finish up, shake your paintbrush
out. And also, a good tip is to take some paper towel, and double it over. This will
help keep your paintbrush soft, is to roll your paintbrush up in a paper towel. So, if
you do these steps, with cleaning your paintbrush, you will be able to use your paintbrush over
and over again. I’m Tim Gibson, and that’s how to properly clean a paintbrush.

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