How to clean a brush that has dried hard with acrylic paint

by Geraldine O'Hare
(UK)

Soak in acetone. When brush is starting to soften gently coax the bristles apart with a pointed object such as a darning needle. Soak again and repeat as many times as you find necessary. When all paint has been removed, wash in warm soapy water and dry. The brush will be like new again!

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Great Solution
by: Anonymous

Thanks so much for advice on brush cleaning Can now restore my favorite brush which I accidentally failed to clean. Wow!

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Rejeuvenating Brushes
by: Val

Three words: Murphy's Oil Soap!

I have used this stuff to bring my brushes back from ready-for-the-trash to useable many times, including household ones that are completely hardened up with furniture varnish.

Place your brush in a plastic zip bag. Pour some oil soap in and close the bag. It's okay if the brush handle sticks out. Let this sit for about a week, massaging the brush bristles a couple times a day.

Sometimes I forget about them, but this stuff will not harm the paintbrush. Once the bristles soften up give them a scrub with a stuff bristled brush and dish soap. I like to use a fingernail scrubber. Rinse well. Your brush should now be useable again! Have a great day!

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by: Anonymous

Thanks for the tip, saved so many of my brushes!

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What a good idea
by: Anonymous

Fantastic way of keeping my old brushes. Thanks!

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