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Old 04-01-2012, 10:10 PM
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Toxic-free oil paint brush holder

I paint in oils and from gathering ideas from WC I thought I would share how I store my brushes on a daily basis using dollar store hair conditioner (Kiwi flavor) and a cheap plastic roller tray. I don't use any turps or odorless anything. I have decided that I don't need to wash them anymore because the rag just wipes them clean. This tray was too long for my desk, so I cut it in half and glued it together, I used a piece of cloth in-between the pieces to make it adhere better. And, most important, THE BRUSH ENDS DON'T BEND.

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Re: Toxic-free oil paint brush holder

You can use your favorite oil instead of the hair conditioner, someone on WC does this...I don't use oil because of oily messes and the container was bought at a home improvement big box store along with a roller. Of course the brush needs to be wiped off before sinking it into the conditioner.
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Re: Toxic-free oil paint brush holder

I do a similar thing but use linseed oil.
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Re: Toxic-free oil paint brush holder

hold on, really??? you don't wash your brushes? you just wipe them and lay them in the conditioner?
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Re: Toxic-free oil paint brush holder

sounds like a fun idea...
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Re: Toxic-free oil paint brush holder

I used to wash them at day's end, but, no more, just wipe well and they are good to go. That red grate in there is what I rub the brush on when they are really stained from using blue, or other staining hues.
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Re: Toxic-free oil paint brush holder

Good idea with the plastic roller tray! Will use that (but with linseed oil).
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Re: Toxic-free oil paint brush holder

Uhm.... I was reading about oil, so I tried that. Using baby oil. The cheap kind. But, I clean the brushes with the oil and then wash them out with a conditioning hand soap and dry them. I would be worried that the oil would migrate up the ferrule and maybe loosen, prematurely, the attachment, if it soaked for long periods.

I also find that natural fiber (boar/ sable) seem to release the paint quickly, but that the synthetic fibers tend to hang onto it and a lot does still come out when I wash.

And,while we're on the subject, does anyone know where I can find the PEL rating on these turpenoids/ pure gum whatever its called turpentine/ varnish etc.? I am taking a class outside in the jungle of New Jersey this summer because I really don't like the smell of these, and I've seen at least one student have a severe asthmatic reaction just after she walked past my set up when I was using odorless turpenoid. That sort of made it real for me.
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