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Old 09-13-2017, 06:24 PM
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Can I safely put my brushes with paint on them into the freezer?

Hi all! I know I can put my palette into the freezer with paint on it, so, could I put my brushes in til tomorrow?

I have a bunch, and would prefer not to have to go all into the cleaning of them, just to need them tomorrow. I use many of the same colors each painting......

What say you? Will it harm the bristles?
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Re: Can I safely put my brushes with paint on them into the freezer?

Darn, I meant to post this in Oil Painting.......could a mod move it maybe?
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Old 09-13-2017, 06:55 PM
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Re: Can I safely put my brushes with paint on them into the freezer?

I would suggest you just re-post it in oils / technical and not worry about this one. If a mod decides to delete it they can.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=491

I have never put my brushes in the freezer but I have done that with my paints. A freezer does slow drying time quite a bit, but not for as long as putting the palette underwater. In a normal household freezer it is not going to get cold enough to harm your oils or your brushes. Put them in an air tight container so as not to contaminate your freezer.

If I don't want to clean my brushes yet, most of the time I will wipe the paint off then dip them in pure walnut oil and place them in my horizontal brush rest. They will stay wet like that for at least 5 days. Wipe the walnut oil off when you are ready to paint again.

You might find something you can use on this thread of mine when it comes to keeping your palette fresh. I have tried clove oil in a palette box, the freezer with clove oil in the box, and underwater. The last method worked the best. You can also put your brush tips under water to prevent the oils from drying on them, but be sure the water doesn't reach the wooden handles.
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Re: Can I safely put my brushes with paint on them into the freezer?

Thank you contumacious. I could do the water I guess, but trying to keep the wooden part from getting wet, wouldn't the bristles just move the water up into the wooden part creating swelling?

Anyway, I have wrapped them in plastic wrap and am trying it tonight!
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Re: Can I safely put my brushes with paint on them into the freezer?

I've used the wrap it up in plastic & put brushes/rollers in the freezer for house paints. That worked fine...
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Re: Can I safely put my brushes with paint on them into the freezer?

All I do is to wrap oil soaked brushes in either a Ziploc bag or put plastic wrap around them tightly, but in the freezer should not hurt them.
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