Quantcast
  • We invite you to join UKWorkshop.
    Members can turn off viewing Ads!

Cleaning old paintbrushes....worth it or not?

UKworkshop.co.uk

Help Support UKworkshop.co.uk:

Calv

Established Member
Joined
15 Jan 2005
Messages
76
Reaction score
0
I've just been looking through my cupboards and i seem to have an awful lot of old paintbrushes that are sort of festering in tubs of white spitit and the likes. Some hard, some okish, some covered in what i can only describe as a white "gunk"!
Should i bin these or is there anything i can do to make them usable again? Also, as it seems that my Screwfix specials as someone put it are'nt really the best brush to be using if i want a decent finish, any recomendations for someone who does'nt want to spend the earth on a brush?

Thanks..

Calv.
 

ColG

Established Member
Joined
9 Oct 2003
Messages
99
Reaction score
0
Location
Maidenhead
one of the nicest "run of the mill" brushes I've used for painting are B&Q fine finish brushes. They're not the cheapest and certainly not the most expensive but give excellent results.

As regards cleanig up old brushes, I wouldn't bother. By the time you've spent all that time and effort, you'll likely end up with a brush that still only has workable bristle at the tip - CHUCK 'EM.

I stopped cleaning paint rollers years ago - hassle versus cost - no contest.

Col
 

DaveL

Established Member
Joined
19 Oct 2002
Messages
4,674
Reaction score
0
Location
Sudbury, Suffolk
An old trick that works for getting oil paint out of brushes is to stand them in Jeyes fluid. :shock:

Don't laugh at me it does work, I have rescued some good brushes using it. :D

The harder the oil based paint is the better it seems to work. :D

I am not sure if it will work on modern water based paint, never needed to try. :)
 

StevieB

Established Member
Joined
29 Apr 2003
Messages
1,708
Reaction score
32
Location
Chatteris, Cambridgeshire
I second the reccomendation of the B&Q fine finish brushes, not only are the bristles good, the slighly rubbery handles are comfortable too!

Whether I clean brushes or not depends on the size, I usually throw half inch and inch brushes, clean anything larger at least once. If you cannot be bother to actaully clean them thoroughly, suspend them in white spirit after sloshing around, then wait a couple of weeks for the paint to settle, and move the brush to a new pot of white spirit, slosh it and stand again. Repeat as often as needed to get the brush clean. Does require consuming large quantities of jam to get all those glass jars though :lol:

Steve.
 

UKTony

Established Member
Joined
12 Nov 2004
Messages
229
Reaction score
0
Location
Stevenage
I have a bucket in the corner of my workshop, with an old cheap drill and one of those brush holders, quick dip in turps/water and a spin and brushes are as good as new no matter what they have been used for, even use it to clean paint pads and sponges its £12.99 from these people

http://www.thebluepenguin.com/dandy.htm

 

tim

Established Member
Joined
5 Nov 2004
Messages
2,307
Reaction score
0
Location
Herefordshire
The roller cleaner from the same people is BRILLIANT. However, most cordless drills dont spin fast enough, therefore its leccy drill and RCD. Also buy a cheap coal scuttle (galv) checking no holes in the bottom and use that to clean the brushes and rollers !

That way you don't end up with paint up your legs and across the wall of the side passage at home. As if anyone would be stupid enough to do that..... :oops: :oops: :oops: :oops: :oops: :oops: :oops:

T
 

Alf

Established Member
Joined
22 Oct 2003
Messages
12,079
Reaction score
0
Location
Up the proverbial creek
I always understood good quality brushes improve with age - fewer bristles dropping out for a start. Surely not just an old wive's tale to get me cleaning paint brushes..?! :roll:

Cheers, Alf
 

houtslager

Established Member
Joined
16 Nov 2002
Messages
1,268
Reaction score
7
Location
South of France / Chipping Norton
I always understood good quality brushes improve with age - fewer bristles dropping out for a start. Surely not just an old wive's tale to get me cleaning paint brushes..?!
nope Alf, it is tru, I've got a nice collection of brushes from the days when I did Building maintainence and some are at least 10 years old.And they still have bristles.As it was then and still is now - buy the best you can - lasts a lot longer and with brushes they DO get better.
 
Top