Clean brushes

Wash out oil paint from brushes

With old tea strainers in jam jars, brushes with oil paint can be cleaned particularly effectively, thoroughly and gently.

With the beginning of this year I paint with oil paint for the first time. This medium is completely unknown to me. This year will be an exciting adventure and I have a lot of plans.

Also when cleaning the brushes I have to change completely. Neither for watercolour nor for oil painting: I don't like chafed brushes.

On Youtube I saw a tip to put old sieves in buckets, then you can move the brush back and forth on the sieve while the washed-out paint sinks to the ground.

The paint settles over time and the next time you clean it, you don't always wash the brush back and forth in the old shed.

Tea strainers prevent you from squeezing out the brush in the old paint settling on the floor every time you clean it.
Tea strainers prevent you from squeezing out the brush in the old paint settling on the floor every time you clean it.

I got myself 3 glasses with especially straight sides and large lids. Then I made sure I found glasses that would fit the tea strainers. In the first two glasses I put one tea strainer each, from which I separated the protruding handles and covers with a flex. The glasses are filled with brush cleaner, it does not have to be the one from tauro. It must be suitable only for oil paint.

To clean the brushes really effectively I use 3 glasses in a row.
To clean the brushes really effectively I use 3 glasses in a row.

Now I'm going to do like this:

  1. Paint the brush completely dry on newspaper or a paper towel.
  2. The ferrule is wiped with paper towel or a cloth.
  3. The brush is brushed thoroughly back and forth on the tea strainer in the first glass and thoroughly cleaned in the process.
  4. The brush is painted dry again and wiped clean.
  5. The brush is again thoroughly cleaned in the second glass.
  6. The brush is painted dry again and wiped clean.
  7. In the last glass, the brush is cleaned again by pressing it lightly on the floor or the side walls.
  8. The brush is pressed out with a cloth or paper towel.
  9. Now I wash the brush again with a soft soap based cleaner under warm water. Now it is as good as new.
  10. The brush hairs are smoothed or shaped, then I hang it up with the hairs facing down so that the ferrule does not swell.

For the final cleaning of the brushes, both chunky soap and liquid soap from Malzeit or other suppliers are suitable. (You can get this in Wuppertal for example at Via dell'Arte in the Hofaue, Wuppertal, Germany. )

Afterwards the brush comes again to my oil painting assortment. I keep watercolour and oil painting brushes separate.

I am glad if this tip is helpful for one or the other.

tl, dr;

Clean brushes quickly and effectively in glasses with tea strainers.

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