High-quality paintbrushes are valuable precision tools that can last for a very long time with proper care. However, they can be really expensive, so you need to learn how to take care of them properly. Here are a few tips and tricks you can use for the preparation of a new paintbrush and proper storage, as well as how to avoid paintbrush issues, during and after the painting project. Of course, if you’re not that handy with such DIY projects, you always have the option of hiring experienced residential painters.
How to Break in a New Paintbrush
It’s a good idea to break in your new set of paintbrushes a little before using them. Here are some simple steps you can follow on how to break in your brush.
- Loosen the brush bristles by slapping it against your hand several times and against a table a few more times to loosen the bristles a little bit more.
- Spin out loose bristles by spinning the brush hand back and forth in your hands.
- Dip about 1/3 of the bristle length in paint and paint an ‘X’ pattern back and forth on several sheets of newspaper stacked together.
- Remove or cut any bristles that are bent or sticking out with a nail clipper.
- You can also soak the bristles in linseed oil overnight before use for a more natural-looking brush bristle.
Proper Brush Cleaning and Storage Techniques
Here are some steps you can follow on how to clean and store paintbrushes properly.
- Scrape as much excess paint off as you can from the brush. You can use the rim of the paint can and then continue by working some of the paint onto newspaper.
- Work out the remaining paint off the brush using the right solvent. This means paint thinner for oil-based paint and water for latex-based paint.
- Dispose of the solvent used to clean the paint responsibly.
- After cleaning the paint off, you can now wash the brush in a pail of soapy water to remove any excess paint or solvent. Thoroughly rinse the brush with clean water afterward.
- To bring back the bristles into alignment, you can slap the brush against your hands several times. Reshape the brush bristles with a paintbrush comb.
- Wrap the paintbrush in heavy paper and tie it loosely with a string before storing it. This step will ensure that your brush retains its shape.
Proper brush care and maintenance are pretty straightforward. However, it does require some time and effort. Of course, you wouldn’t have to deal with this if you hire a reliable painting company, as they will take care of everything.