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Old 01-26-2019, 12:54 AM
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Effectively cleaning brushes?

I've been using only safflower oil to clean brushes. It costs around $8 per bottle, which lasts through maybe 2-4 paintings (I tend to clean brushes everytime I change color) and loses its power to clean. Is there a more cost effective way to clean brushes?
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Wipe on paper towel, as much as will come off, dip in oil, swirl on clean spot of palette, wipe on paper towel, repeat until clean. Three to four drops per cleaning of a brush. Afterward, wipe off palette with same paper towel. Also, use multiple brushes for different groups of values or colors to save cleaning between color or value changes unnecessarily. This reminds me I wanted to make a video of this process, and I actually have a new palette so I will always have a clean spot now, so I will do that tomorrow or the day after.
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I've been using only safflower oil to clean brushes. It costs around $8 per bottle, which lasts through maybe 2-4 paintings (I tend to clean brushes everytime I change color) and loses its power to clean. Is there a more cost effective way to clean brushes?

I think 8 dollars for 4 paintings is cost effective.
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Old 01-26-2019, 05:38 AM
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You could buy a lager bottle. 5 litres canister costs 80$.
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I've been using only safflower oil to clean brushes. It costs around $8 per bottle, which lasts through maybe 2-4 paintings (I tend to clean brushes everytime I change color) and loses its power to clean. Is there a more cost effective way to clean brushes?
yes, I may spend pennies, or less, at the most, on brush cleaning that lasts through a number of paintings, the number of which will depend highly upon things such as the size of the canvases.
I use low odor artist OMS and safflower or other non drying oil and only need to dip my brushes into them, similar to what Delo says. My OMS only gets slightly fouled, my oil does not get fouled. I would ;not want to deal with getting rid of fouled oil. Mark Carder has a video on youtube that is the basic process I also use.

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Old 01-26-2019, 10:12 AM
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It's turpentine excess and dawn soap after these days. 'Works just fine.

Natural haired brushes get the paper towel + rubber band treatment.
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I've been using only safflower oil to clean brushes. It costs around $8 per bottle, which lasts through maybe 2-4 paintings (I tend to clean brushes everytime I change color) and loses its power to clean. Is there a more cost effective way to clean brushes?

What size bottle is costing you $8? Is it labeled as artists oil? Oil that is made for artists is not needed for cleaning brushes.

The link below has safflower oil for $24 a gallon. Free shipping with a total order over $25. Maybe get a small bottle of clove oil to reach the $25? They list this as "refined" "all natural" and "expeller pressed"

http://www.wholesalesuppliesplus.com...lower-oil.aspx

If you follow the tips listed above by others, dipping and wiping, not swishing in the oil, that gallon should last and last. Keep the jug in the freezer with a smaller amount in the studio and you will be set for a long time.

http://www.williamsburgoils.com/blog...zing-oil-paint

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Re: Effectively cleaning brushes?

$8 for 16 oz. of Spectrum Naturals Safflower Oil, often found in food stores in the USA, is about normal. I use it to clean brushes. But that 16 oz lasts a very long time, using the dip/wipe method described above by Delofasht. I finish with warm water and soap (Master's Brush Cleaner) after each session.

Note that culinary safflower oil, such as Spectrum, has a high Oleic Acid oil content. Oleic is a marginally-drying oil, taking a very long time to create a weak film. On the other hand, the safflower oil used for certain paints does not have high Oleic content, thus dries in a reasonable time with reasonable strength (but not as fast/strong as linseed). The reason that culinary safflower oil is recommended for cleaning brushes is that it's cheaper than the kind used for paint medium, and also because a slight residual amount left in the brush won't destroy the brush. But don't use culinary safflower oil as a painting medium!
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Re: Effectively cleaning brushes?

Cleaning your brushes with oil while painting is different than cleaning your brushes after your painting session. You need to use artist-grade oils while painting to insure they are proper drying-oils. A rag or paper towel can be used to pull most of the paint from your brush when changing color, as long as you observe proper studio fire-safety afterwards. Oil paints tend to sit on the outside of the bristles, they're typical not drawn-up into the belly of the brush like watercolors.

Culinary oils and "baby oil" can contaiminate your painting, but are typically fine for cleaning your brushes after as long as you finish with soap and water or brush cleaning soap to wash the culinary oil residues out of your now-clean brushes.
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Spectrum Walnut oil has worked best for me. A 16 oz bottle ($6 will last at least a year. I prefer to clean my brushes with this while I am painting and I can then use the same brush in another color. I have been using this method for a number of years now and have had no issues with my paintings, brushes or clients. I do use Dawn and water after a few days to completely clean all residue and pigments out of my brushes. Turps are not necessary for cleaning and brushes shouldn't be soaking in anything. I use SF Gamblin gel and liquid, Walnut oil from M.Graham and Liquin Lt (no odor) for my artwork.
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Brushes used for oil painting are fine to use with oils, saturated with oil, including daily usage for many years, and they can remain in oil between painting sessions, which preserves them better than washing them out every day. This has been borne out in real world practice, not only by fine artists, but it has been practiced by sign painters and other commercial artists/painters for a very, very long time.

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Re: Effectively cleaning brushes?

Carol Marine claims that the real deal for non-exotic brush cleaner is Murphy Oil Soap.
Relatively non-toxic.
Under $4 for a quart.
Does it work? I haven't used it for that, but it sure got oil paint out of my pants.
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