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Cleaning liquid for paintbrushes

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Q: Is there a cleaning liquid that will clean acrylic paint as quickly as thinner does with enamel?

I like using Tamiya paint, but it takes more time to clean the brushes, and the bristles still have a faint amount of color on them.

There has to be an easier way.

- Paul Forst
Roanoke, Indiana



Ken: Taking care of brushes is important, but we sure don't want it cutting into our precious modeling time.

Believe it or not, just about the best brush cleaner we've found for acrylic paint is plain old soap-and-water.

Our favorite soap is Dawn dish-washing detergent, which seems to cut through just about anything in no time.

When you've finished using your brush, blot off any excess paint onto a piece of paper towel, then rinse the brush under the faucet in the sink.

As a last step, put a dab of Dawn into the palm of your hand and work the bristles of the brush into your hand.

Be sure to bend the brush at the base of the bristles, so you can work the Dawn into that area where paint readily accumulates.

You'll be surprised at how much residual paint washes out of a seemingly clean brush when you wash it with Dawn.

Follow this quick procedure whenever you clean your brushes, and they'll last for years.


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