Over time, one might find themselves painting something in or around the house with a Paint Brush. Painting issues may include places where the weekly vacuum cleaner leaves black skid marks on the baseboards, or those all-too-familiar 4′ high hand prints on walls that young parents are all too familiar with. Painting a closet door on a Saturday afternoon but being called away from duty by a more significant family event or necessity, not even wanting to paint the object in the first place, are other examples of using a Paint Brush. Infinity Painting offers excellent info on this.
Whatever the cause, the Paint Brush, like a cherished antique tool from Grandpa’s store, needs special attention and care to keep it in tip-top shape. The techniques mentioned here are applicable to any paint brush, regardless of the quality (the best is recommended by the number of bristles per square inch).These methods can benefit both low-quality and high-quality Paint Brushes, ensuring a good experience with a tool that has been around for centuries. The Paint Brush should be by your hand, next to the can, before you open a gallon of paint. Taking the Paint Brush by the handle and thoroughly soaking it in clean tap water before dipping it in latex paint (or mineral spirits if using Alkyd or Oil paint) will make brush cleaning easier later. The next question, as it would be mine if I didn’t already know, would be how to get the excess water or mineral spirits out of the brush. Keep the Paint Brush tightly by the end of the handle when using Latex paints, and hit the head of the Paint Brush on the end of your shoe or boot with a few strong forceful whacks. Paint Brush is dry enough to dip in paint, but moist enough to ensure an even flow of paint and easier cleanup. If Paint Brush starts to dry out before the painting job is done, repeat the procedure. If you’re using Alkyd paints, blot them dry with a clean rag instead of whacking them with the end of your boot.