CARE AND MAINTENANCE:
LOOKING AFTER YOUR BRUSHES WHILST PAINTING:
As you tackle your painting project throughout the day you will obviously have breaks (and plenty of coffee or the odd glass of beer and wine to keep you going!)
When you take a break be sure to wrap your brushes in cling wrap to prevent them from drying out, you could even place a wet rag over the top of your paint pot to also avoid the paint drying out.
Every now and then when you start to get some dry “build up” of paint on your paintbrush, wipe this excess off onto a wet rag. This often helps to refresh the look of your brush.
Some really fussy painters, particularly if they are painting outside where it can be warm, will use 2 paintbrushes and alternate them - they will use one for a while and have the other one soaking in water, and every couple of hours they will swap them over, shaking out the excess moisture from the one that was soaking and continue painting.
Storing paint and brushes at the end of the day:
Once you finish painting at the end of the day you have a few options - if you have totally finished your paint project, wipe all the excess paint back into the original paint container and store it away, it’s handy to write on the lid of the can what colour it was, and where you used it in the house, just for future reference.
Don’t store your can on a concrete floor in the garage or shed, as this will cause the can to absorb moisture and rust the bottom of the can – instead store the can up off the floor, on a shelf or in a cupboard in a dry place out of the weather.
For the brushes, wipe the excess paint off onto some newspaper, and then rinse out using warm soapy water. If you wash your quality brushes out well, you can store them in a dry place out of the weather, and then use them again on future paint projects.
If you have not finished painting, and you will be doing more tomorrow, simply put all the excess paint back into the original paint can and seal the lid.
Wrap up your brushes in cling wrap. Store them in a cool dry place out of the weather. You do not have to wash them out if you are using the same paint and the same colour tomorrow.
When you restart painting tomorrow, simply peel off the cling wrap and keep using your brushes like you did the day before. If however, you are not going to continue your paint project until next weekend (or even for 2 weeks) wrap your brushes well in cling wrap first, and then also in aluminium foil.
Store them in a cool, dry place. The aluminium foil will keep the moisture in the brushes and stop them drying out.
When ready to paint again next week, simply peel off and discard the foil and cling wrap, and keep painting.