Painting Tips & Techniques : How to Clean Paintbrushes: Oil-Based Paint

Painting Tips & Techniques : How to Clean Paintbrushes: Oil-Based Paint


Hi, welcome, my name is Lars Erik Robinson
with LarsEr Arts All Around Art-Tainment. I’m a freelance illustrator, an artist, and
today we’re going to talk about how to clean your brushes which is a very important part
at the ending of your paintings to be able to preserve your brushes. I was working with
oils, so at the end of it you dip it in your paint thinner, mineral spirits, preferably
odor based, they have odorless mineral spirits now. And you dip it in the – you keep dipping
your brushes on the bottom, everybody dip them down back and forth, then you take it
and try to get to the bottom of the bristles by pushing out with your towel. And by pushing
out you’re pushing all the cleaner into the bottom of the bristles of the paintbrush.
You don’t want to go against it because that’s going to ruin your brush. You want to go with
the stroke of it going outwards, then you also could clean the handle while you’re at
it here too. When you’re done with that you want to soak this in a little bit of a soap
water, you can use your regular Dawn or dishwasher soap you have around your house. And you let
that sit in there for five, ten minutes, you could also rub it back and forth in this bottle
here too. You let it sit in there for a little bit and let it soak and you go onto your next
brushes, and if I could repeat it to you guys one more time, try to dip it back and forth
in the bottom of the cleaning liquid, which is mineral spirits paint thinner, take it
onto your towel pressing down, making sure that you don’t go against the bristles, so
you keep your bristles, and then push out, push out with your towel. And then they’re
soaking in here, and then at the end of it they always have bars, they have bars that
you can actually rub your brushes onto to clean them. I hope that explains to you guys
how to clean your brushes, take care of them, they are costly, so it’s an investment for
an artist to keep them clean. Thank you so much.

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