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ArtistEnigma
10-06-2002, 09:17 PM
I recently got a bottle of Winsor & Newton Brush Cleaner and Restorer (http://www.dickblick.com/zz057/06/products.asp?param=0&ig_id=5258) from my local art store. I wish I knew about this stuff earlier. It works amazingly. It will remove completely dried oil and acrylic from any brush. What's even more odd is that it's non-toxic.

I have several brushes that have completely dried oil paint on them and this is the only thing that works. I've tried letting them soak in paint thinner for a couple of days and nothing. When you put the brush in the brush cleaner it removes it within minutes.

One tip I should give you in advance though is when you're cleaning the brushes to put the solution in a glass jar of some sort. I had put the solution in a plastic jar and it started to melt it. It didn't harm the plastics on my brush though so it might have been just the type of plastic the jar was made out of.

impressionist2
10-07-2002, 06:23 AM
Artist, Which art store, please?

Artist, Nevermind. As my Mom would have said, "If the link was a snake, it would have bitten you"! :)

Ever since Larry mentioned this I have been searching for it. Jerry's didn't have it or my local store as well. Sounds great. Want to order it right away.

Wayne, btw, I found the matte opaque medium gel extender for acrylic, Larry recommended, at Michael's. Hate to pay those ridiculous prices, but saw it there and grabbed it. Another thing Jerry's didn't have.

Renee

Safety tip from a former sign painter. Anything strong enough to melt plastic can seep through your skin. Must have acetone or laquer thinner ingredients in it. That's the only type of chemicals that can melt old paint. WEAR GLOVES!

Linoxyn
10-07-2002, 11:13 AM
I happened to be in my local Lea Valley Tools store, great place, and I ordered their pruner's soap (http://www.leevalley.com/garden/page.asp?SID=&ccurrency=1&page=44992&category=2,42551,45150) and was given a box of Captain Cra-Z Soap (http://www.cra-z.com/) Wow! Non toxic, natural, biodegradable,...

I always clean up my oil brushes at the end of the day, some the paint is very stiff by then. I have used many different soaps but none have come close to this Cra-Z soap (I don't own any stock :) ). It cut down the time cleaning my brushes in half! I've been able to go back to brushes near the end of their life, because of curling tips (in synthetics), and this soap fixes it! Also synthetics stained forever by the thalo and azo based pigments are white again! It is great on natural hair brushes as well.

Great around the house, laundry stains, and I hear it's good as an acne face cleanser for teens... what doesn't this soap do....? LOL

ArtistEnigma
10-07-2002, 09:01 PM
Originally posted by impressionist2
Artist, Which art store, please?

Artist, Nevermind. As my Mom would have said, "If the link was a snake, it would have bitten you"! :)

...Must have acetone or laquer thinner ingredients in it.




I got mine at a place called Meininger (http://www.meininger.com) . It's a great local art store that I just learned existed.

I figured that I would put the link there since I have no clue of any other stores that you can get it at.

I thought that it must have acetone in it as well but the ingredients are all natural and non-toxic. Apparently it's quite safe according to the manufacturers. It will also completely remove finger nail polish as well!

Originally posted by Linoxyn

I happened to be in my local Lea Valley Tools store, great place, and I ordered their pruner's soap and was given a box of Captain Cra-Z Soap Wow! Non toxic, natural, biodegradable,...

Sounds like some good stuff. I generally don't wash my brushes with soap unless I'm doing watercolors or if I'm using that brush cleaner. I'll have to look into the Cra-Z Soap though because it does sound great.