HOW TO CLEAN MODEL PAINT BRUSHES
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You're used to rinsing your model paintbrushes after each paint session, but when was the last time you did a good, deep brush cleaning? Regularly cleaning the acrylic paint from your brushes will help them work well for you for many projects to come.
Using solvents such as paint thinner or mineral spirits is not the best way to clean model paintbrushes. Solvents are volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that contribute to air pollution and smog. They are also flammable, combustible, and can eat away the glue that holds the bristles and ferrule, which is the metal piece that holds the bristles to the handle, together. Paint thinner also requires protective gear because inhalation, skin contact, or ingestion of the solvents can be severely dangerous and even fatal in extreme cases. Your airway and lungs are especially vulnerable to paint thinner poisoning.
Gloves and protective gear aren't necessary when cleaning with Simple Green All-Purpose Cleaner. The non-flammable, clean-rinsing formula won't leave behind a residue, making it safer for your and for your brushes.
As a general rule of thumb, make sure you don't dip your brushes into the paint or cleaner farther than necessary. This will cause liquids to soak into the ferrule and that can make the bristles splay apart, ruining the tip of the brush. Minimize contact with the handle of the brush, expensive brushes have fancy varnishes and finishes that may not be compatible with strong cleaning products.
Directions for Cleaning Model Paint Brushes:
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