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Terry Davis of Bremerton, Washington mailed in a solution to the problem of cleaning brushes in a jar of thinner that invariably and quickly collects a thick layer of sludge at the bottom. Terry's note also included a sketch that I have essentially copied for this issue's "visual aid." Here's Terry:

"I went to my local hardware store and bought two chrome-plated drain baskets in the plumbing department. I inverted them into two used jelly jars. One jar was half-filled with lacquer thinner, the other half-filled with paint thinner.

"Now when I clean a brush, I just rub the bristles across the top of the basket. The holes in the basket work great for cleaning the brush, even all the way to the ferrule. Also, the brush never has to touch any of the old paint and gunk at the bottom of the jar. When the thinner gets old and dirty, I just remove the basket, dispose of the thinner, clean the basket, add fresh thinner, and I'm good to go!

"I hope this tip will help other modelers to keep their brushes clean and in good shape."




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