How to clean oil paint from a brush or a palette

How to clean oil paint from a brush or a palette


If you are cleaning a kolinsky fan brush, you need to use a rag and odorless mineral spirits (also known as white spirit with mild odor). You need “odorless r” variety to work without the without the unpleasant smell of mineral spirits. Do it like this: spill the mineral spirits on the rag, take the fan brush and wipe the rag with the brush. If you wipe the fan brush with the rag instead, the brush hairs can stick together. To clean a bristle brush, you can do the following: Take the bristle brush and a can of mineral spirits. Plunge the bristle brush into the can. Take it out and wipe it with the rag. Note that you don’t need to shake the brush inside the can of mineral spirits, and never wipe the brush against the surface of the can or the bottom of the can, because otherwise the mineral spirits will become dirty and you won’t be able to clean the brushes properly. You need just to plunge it in, take it out, and wipe it. In that case a small amount of the color will be left in the can and it will slowly sink down to the bottom and will not bother you. Then you can take the rag soaked with mineral spirits, and clean the palette with it. You will likely not be able to clean it completely, but I think it will be enough. At least it will not hinder your work a lot. However, you can clean it perfectly if you have a good palette that is covered by a good lacquer which will allow you to do that. That’s all! Write in the comments what you use to clean your brushes, as well as your favorite method. If you want to learn more about painting, visit my site. There is a whole course on painting. And, of course, subscribe to my channel. Next you will probably be interested in a lesson about how to properly use the palette.

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