When it comes to properly painting or staining your home proper brush care is extremely important. Old paint can not only ruin your brush but it can also mix with new paints that you are working with throwing the color off. When you first get a new brush it will work perfect and you can keep it working that way if you take the time and follow these easy to follow steps.
The first thing you will want to do when you go to clean your brush is run it through running water. When the brush first goes under the running water it will become discolored from the excess paint left over from your project. You’ll want to keep it there until the water turns back to it’s normal color. This should take care of most of the paint that is in the brush.
After you run the water through the brush you are going to want to inspect it for dried up paint. Left over paint will ruin your bristle. The will stick together preventing you from being able to lay a nice even coat on your project. To get this old paint off you will want to use a wire brush. The wire will be able to break up the chunks of paint without pulling out the bristle. Many of the brushes that are made for this job come with a small puddy knife on the top that you can use in removing paint from the metal part of the brush.
Once you are done removing the paint you are going to want to dry the brush. Putting it away soaking wet can cause the bristles to clump together. This will destroy the line up the brush has throwing off the amount of paint that the brush sucks up. The assists way to go about drying a brush is to hold it between your hands and spin it back and forth. After a few minutes of spinning the brush you will see the water droplets lessen until they stop coming off.
By using these tricks you’ll be able to expand the life of your brush. Besides the paint or stain that you are using, the brush is the most important tool you will use. Keeping your brush in good condition will make sure that you made a sound investment in a tool that can tackle any job that you have to do.