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Store Oil Based Paint Brush During Painting

Because of the long wearing factor of oil based paint, I hardly ever use anything else but clean up is a little messy. So if I have to stop in the middle of my project, I just put my brush in a container of water, until I am ready to use it next time. The water won't bother the oil base paint and all I have to do is wipe off the water with a rag and I am ready to go right back to my project.


If I am going to be a couple of days or it is not handy to leave a can of water sitting around, I slip them into a tightly closed plastic bag and put them in the freezer. When I am ready to clean my brushes I make sure to get all of the paint out of the brush I possible can then let them sit in a can of mineral spirits for a couple of hours before cleaning them.

The final step is to rub a drop or two of dish soap into the dry brush to keep it soft. Just rinse out the soap when ready to use it again.

By Latrtatr from Loup City, NE

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April 8, 20100 found this helpful

I'm "non-handy," so this seems a little technical to me - but it's a great tip. I think a lot of handy folk will love it!

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