Removing water-based paint from paint brushes is easy as long as you clean them immediately after use. Plunge the paint brush bristles into a bucket of clean warm water. Work them around the bucket and most of the paint build-up will be removed.
The next step is to grab a wire brush and thoroughly comb out remaining paint from bristles. Discard used water and clean out bucket. Repeat washing in the bucket until all paint is removed. If you cannot completely clean use some mineral turpentine and then thoroughly rinse in warm water and soap to remove all of the turps. Dry the paint brush by shaking out the water then replace the paint brush into its cover or a plastic bag and hang so that the bristles are not touching anything otherwise the bristles can become bent & out of shape.
Slightly different products will need to be used if you’re using oil-based paint to help get rid of any excess paint left on your brush, you will need mineral turpentine to remove the existing paint by pouring roughly 5cms of mineral turpentine into a clean bucket and work them around loosening the remaining paint. Now if paint still remains comb the bristles with a wire brush, dip the bristles into the turpentine again and swish, repeat this process two more times if needs be. Wash the paint brush in warm water and soap, dry the paint brush by shaking out the water then replace the paint brush into its covers or a plastic bag and hang so that the bristles are not touching anything so that they’re not damaged or bent whist drying.
Hints and Tips
- Keep your water-based and oil-based brushes separate.
- Clean after every use, neglecting to clean will cause the paint to harden and displace the brush hairs.
- Wear old clothing when painting and cleaning brushes.
- Always hang your brushes when drying.