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The Basics of Brush Cleaning by PURDY
Natural bristle brushes are best suited for use with oil-base paints andstains, varnishes, lacquers and shellacs. Clean as soon as possible after use. From the manufacturer's paint container, follow instructions in selecting the proper cleaning solvent (usually mineral spirits for paint, alcohol for shellac).

Use small amounts of thinner in a separate container to rinse the coating out of the bristles. Work the solvent through the bristles, dipping up & down in the container several times. Take care to work solvent into the center of the brush and down to the ferrule (metal band). Pour dirty solvent into a third container and allow to settle.
Repeat the previous step until the rinse runs clear.
A brush comb is helpful in removing stubborn paint residue and will straighten the bristles so they dry straight. Dry thoroughly and store in the brush keeper which helps bristles retain their shape.

NEVER USE HOT WATER WITH NATURAL BRISTLE BRUSHES
Nylon/Polyester brushes can be used with all paints, but are most often used in faster drying latex and water-based paints. (When used with oil-based paints, follow instructs for natural bristle brushes). Warm water and mild soap suds are the best cleaning agents in most applications. In many cases, more than one washing is necessary and a clean container with clean wash/rinse water is highly recommended.

Use a brush comb to dislodge stubborn paint and to straighten bristles.

Occasionally, a bath of mineral spirits followed by a warm soapy water wash and clean water rinse may be necessary.

Finally, the brush should be dried thoroughly and reshaped then stored in its original keeper.
Whenever possible, store a brush by hanging it by its handle. Never store a brush by resting it on its tips. To do so will curl the ends rendering it worthless.

Never soak brushes in water, commercial cleaners or even paint. The shape of the bristles will be destroyed and such abuse may damage the epoxy setting .

Never store a brush that has any wet paint on it.
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