Save on Pinterest

Paint Brush Care: How To Clean Dried Paint Brushes

Don't throw away expensive paintbrushesthey can be saved!

how to soften paint brushesFamily Handyman
Paintbrushes full of dried paint or varnish don't have to be discarded. Done properly, a good soak in brush cleaner can restore the bristles to almost-new condition.

You might also like: TBD

How to clean dried paint brushes

Soaking a brush

It doesn’t matter if paintbrushes have been fossilized by oil- or water-based finishes of any type. You can restore any brush with a simple soaking in brush cleaner.

Whether its caked with dried paint or varnish, a crusty paintbrush can be restored to like-new condition. Heres how: Pick up a can of brush cleaner at a paint or hardware store and pour some into a glass or metal container. Drill a 1/8-in. hole through the brush so you can suspend it on a stiff wire. The brush cleaner gives off nasty, flammable vapors, so cover the container with a plastic bag and set it in the garage or outside, out of reach of children and pets. After the brush has been soaking for a day or two, most of the paint will drop off it. Then pour brush cleaner in another container and slosh the brush around to wash out the remaining paint. Let both containers sit overnight. The paint sludge will settle to the bottom, so you can pour most of the brush cleaner back into the can, ready to rescue another brush.

Video: A Trick for Storing Paint Brushes Overnight

Video: How to Clean Paintbrushes

Required Materials for this Project

Avoid last-minute shopping trips by having all your materials ready ahead of time. Here’s a list.

  • Glass jar
  • Paintbrush cleaner