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    Bec
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      Today I have a question I really want to know the answer too…….because I have no idea 😀

      What is the best way to keep your paintbrushes clean?????
      I’m a serial paintbrush destroyer. I always put my brushes straight into water and wash them out at the end of the day but I still get the brushes going hard.

      Mainly it’s the brushes I use with glue, gel medium and gesso. I brought paintbrush cleaning solution from the art shop but it didn’t fix them.

      So let’s here everyones tips….. I know there will be an amazing solution out there.

      Or tips for keeping stencils perfectly clean

      • This topic was modified 1 year, 7 months ago by droopidog droopidog.
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      RAE
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        Nail polish with acetone works for a lot of my dirty brushes. I also have that pink soap, but I don’t think it’s special. Any soap would be as good. I find that a lot of the gels and pastes are very hard on the brushes and unless I wash them at the sink right away, they aren’t going to get clean.

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          I just drop my brushes into water right away. I do occasionally clean them with Dawn dish detergent. I do wipe them off with a cotton dish towel I bought at the $ store just for scrapping.

          For my stencils, I keep a bucket of water mixed with 409 cleaner that I toss them in. I also keep the bottle of 409 spray handy. So I spray the stencil, toss into the bucket of water and then use a nail brush to clean off. Works great. Most of my stencils look brand new.

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            I confess that I’m pretty careless with my brushes. I soak them in water and dry them with a bar towel when I’m using paint and clean them in the sink with hot water and Dawn when they’re full of mediums.

            I gave up leaving a bin of water for my stencils; the kitchen sink is in the next room, so I just take them there immediately. I usually rinse them with hot water and use Dawn if they’re really messed up. I don’t care if they’re stained as long as the cutouts are clean.

            Rae, I don’t remember ever hearing about nail polish remover. I’m going to try that!!!

            A clean house is the sign of a lazy scrapper.

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              Thanks ladies I’ll give those tips a try, although unfortunately I don’t have the same cleaners you do so I’ll have to try find an alterative.

              Some of my stencils are very stained, I’ve been taking a few with me to the classes I teach and they yet ruined there.

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              RAE
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                Bec, if you are using your own stencils for classes, I would try having everyone clean off the stencil with a baby wipe as they get passed around. When I was at Art Venture, we got a stencil and used modeling paste with it. I really didn’t want to use it because I didn’t want to get it messed up, but the baby wipes do work if you do it right away, for modeling paste, at least.

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                  Good tips. Thank you, ladies. I knew about the 409 but I’m bad about cleaning. I have a sink right next to my scrap room so I just rinse immediately in water. Someday I should be like Kim and really take care of my stencils better.

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                    If you have the room for a bucket just big enough for your stencils, I highly recommend it. When I scrapping, I just toss the stencil in and when I’m done for the night I clean them. This doesn’t interrupt my flow of scrapping and my stencils stay clean.

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                      Thanks ladies I’ll give those tips a try, although unfortunately I don’t have the same cleaners you do so I’ll have to try find an alterative.

                      Some of my stencils are very stained, I’ve been taking a few with me to the classes I teach and they yet ruined there.


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                      As for the same cleaning supplies. I talked to the owner from The crafters workshop she suggested using whatever you use to clean your kitchen countertops.

                      Kim
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                      Bec
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                        Thanks Kim, I’ll try my kitchen cleaners on the stencils and I think I’ll invest in a stencil soaking tub

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                        talkis
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                          For me i put always in water and i m ok

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                            If I had a bucket of water for my stencils I would spill it or the cat would drink the water. I have a bathroom super close to my scraproom, so I just wash them right away now.

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