Brush Rinsing

by Elizabeth
( NC)

After a long search for a bucket, or contraption to use for rinsing my oil brushes. I decided to make my own.


I took a wide mouth canning jar, any jar will do, but, I liked wide mouth. And took a piece of window screen (fine metal mesh) and cut it small enough to make like a ball shape to fit into the bottom of the jar. Filled just above the screen and walah! A perfect cheap way to rinse your brushes.

The residue will fall beneath the screen each time you rinse. Just make sure not to rub real hard. You will mess up the bristles.

I have been using this for about 4 years now and have not purchased any new brushes in 4 years. It works really well.

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May 11, 2012
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coffee can
by: Jan

I bought one of those brush cleaner wire things (think it was bob ross brand) was only about $7.00 I think. Put it in the bottom of a big plastic folgers coffee can and pour orderless thinner in it to only cover about an inch. Works really well.

Mar 15, 2011
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brush cleaning
by: duane

i like that ideal of a mason jar with the netting or even the screen thank you im going to try your ideals

Nov 29, 2009
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Brush Rinsing, orginal post
by: Elizabeth

Hi Peggy,

I had thought about that, but thought that since it was a polymer material that it would soften in the turp. and fall apart. Hey, if it works, it works!
Happy Painting...

Sep 23, 2009
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brush rinsing w/a twist
by: peggy

Hey there...I, too, use a wide mouth mason jar after canning for decades. But, what I did was rescue a nylon net for onions or something, and divide in two, scrunch it up and put it at the base of the mason jar, so there is a softer landing for any brush put in there for any length of time.

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