Originally Posted by redneck647
I have some better quality brushes that have over the years ended up with dried paint in them. Anything from oil, acrylic, enamel, or lacquer. Is there any way to clean them up? I figured I'd ask before tossing them. It would be nice if I could make them usable again.
I paint with acrylics and what I've found works best - is concentrated liquid laundry detergent - the same one you put in the washing machine. Liquid dish soap will NOT work, has to be laundry detergent - it has certain enzymes that dish soap doesn't. Put some in a small cup enough to cover the bristles and let it soak overnight. Then clean thoroughly with soap and water. Works virtually every time for me.
If the brushes have been sitting around for years with dried paint, it may not work however I've treated some that had been left for a month or so, and it required a couple treatments but eventually got them clean - so it would be worth a try imo.