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Old 12-09-2013, 09:30 PM
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Tip on restoring brushes, cleaning medium cups

As a classroom art instructor...always facing tight budgets, cuts...and discovering more than a few students watch to see if you're looking as they toss an uncleaned paint brush in the brush drawer...thought I would share this tip.

I have saved a good share of my own personal brushes, as well as student brushes. This weekend, I shoved some stubbornly difficult to scrape and clean oil medium cups in the goo...and today, rinsed under water and lightly brushed with an old toothbrush came out like new...

Take a bar of Ivory soap...cheap...and put in a jar container. In this case, an old orange powder drink container. Fill with water, cover...and allow to sit for a time. Forget about it for a week or two.





Then...those hard paint caked brushes...let sit in the goo for a couple days. Remove brushes, rinse under water. A bit of hand friend dish soap rubbed in the palm of the hand. Brushes will be salvaged and ready to use...

Now...go dig those brushes out of the garbage!!!
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Old 12-09-2013, 09:53 PM
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Re: Tip on restoring brushes, cleaning medium cups

The comertially available stuff I've been using works, but liquified ivory soap sounds MUCH less expensive! I'll definitely give that a try. Thanks!
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Re: Tip on restoring brushes, cleaning medium cups

yep...very cheap...
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Re: Tip on restoring brushes, cleaning medium cups

Great tip. I hate to say it that I'm a bit lazy and forgetful. Makes for a hard combination on brushes sometimes. I'll give your tip a try.
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Re: Tip on restoring brushes, cleaning medium cups

well...this will suit you then. Drop a bar of Ivory in water, in a cup...forget about it. When you open it up, you'll have a gooey slurry. Then set your brushes in...forget about it...pull 'em out and rinse! VERY user friendly...
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Re: Tip on restoring brushes, cleaning medium cups

Great tip, Larry. Thanks! My medium cup will get the treatment this week.
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Re: Tip on restoring brushes, cleaning medium cups

Larry, does this work for acrylics or oils or both?
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Re: Tip on restoring brushes, cleaning medium cups

both...at least student grade acrylics...based on dried otherwise ruined brushes of students.
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Re: Tip on restoring brushes, cleaning medium cups

Larry,

I will give it a try. To tell you the truth, I have tried a few things to restore good HAH brushes. I will give those caked up dippers a chance too. Thank you.

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Re: Tip on restoring brushes, cleaning medium cups

I'll recommend you put that bar of Ivory soap in the cup...fill water over bar...in a pint, about 2/3's full. Cover and forget about it. Probably best if at least a week or two. Let it fully turn to slurry...for best results.
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Re: Tip on restoring brushes, cleaning medium cups

I've recently started using BristleMagic which works really well. Also like Jack Richesons brush soap. Rosemary says do not leave brushes soaking in any oil, brushes will absorb the oil and loose shape.
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Re: Tip on restoring brushes, cleaning medium cups

those are some fine brushes too, Rosemary!!!
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Re: Tip on restoring brushes, cleaning medium cups

Great tip, if you want goo quicker, just grate the soap first with a cheese grater. Then add water just covering your grated soap. I use the same idea as the goo, but this time I added some naphtha. I tried lots of methods and this is the best, so far. One part goo, one part naphtha cause I have a few favorite brushes and don't like to wait, impatient u mite say.

Either pour boiling water over the grated soap or pour cold water and zap it in the microwave, if you do the microwave thing, watch it very carefully. Grating soap and melting it in soapmakers terms is called hot process.
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