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Old 03-11-2015, 08:33 PM   #1
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Cleaning a varnish brush

I'm sure that there is plenty of ways of doing this but this a way my dad showed me years ago . I bought some expensive arse brushes a while back and I'm trying my best to make them last . I use a 1-1/2 gal white bucket to clean the brush in . It gives you plenty of room without making a huge mess . I pour just a little thinner in and clean the brush and then pour that thinner into another container . I keep doing this until the thinner stays clear in the white bucket . I save the old thinner and start with it first on the next cleaning . I don't waste as much thinner this way .
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Old 03-11-2015, 09:00 PM   #2
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I like your system. Try using a product called Imperial Rapid Brush Cleaner with your system. I think it will save some time. The stuff will also soften a brush that has hardened paint or varnish on it.

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Old 03-11-2015, 09:42 PM   #3
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Marty I use the Greek Yogurt jugs.
I eat the yogurt too .. did 10 mins ago. W pear syrup. Chris makes it.
And throw out the thinner.
And work the brush hard.
But rinse only 3 times.
I frequently smack the outer half of the brush (back and forth) on a fence post or whatever. Dries off the brush fast and knocks of dirt and old paint ect.
You're getting really fussy.
That's good.

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Old 03-11-2015, 10:12 PM   #4
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After I the solvent clean, I work neat kitchen detergent into the bristles, add water, rinse, and repeat. Shake it, whack it against a tree or post to remove moisture, comb the bristles straight, let dry.
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