Brush Care: Cleaning and Oiling #1: Brush Cleaning~101

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Blog entry by John Smith posted 08-29-2020 12:54 AM 332 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Sign painting brushes are the tools of my trade.
so, after years of fussing with the cheaper models, I eventually amassed
a collection of the more expensive models. name brands are Nocturna,
Langnickel, Mack, etc. and like in any craft, the better the tools, the easier
it is to get the job done with a higher degree of quality and craftsmanship.
natural or synthetic bristles are a personal choice, IMO.
anyway, here is a short video I made today of Brush Cleaning ~ 101.
like anything else in the universe, there are always multiple ways of doing things.
this video is just to clarify how I clean my artist’s brushes. (on a small scale).
when I had the commercial shop, I had a paint station with three 1 gallon cans
of thinner with a screen at the top that was 1” below the top of the thinner level
to wash the brushes in 3 separate stages.
for the hobbyist, this is simply just not practical.
the size of the cup and the amount of thinner shown in the video will vary with the
size of brush you are cleaning. so, if you are cleaning a 2 to 3 inch brush, the cup
would move up to a can and the amount of thinner increased accordingly. other than that,
the procedure is the same.


-- there is no educational alternative to having a front row seat in the School of Hard Knocks. --

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