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Paintbrush Saver

Properly caring for your brushes will help them last for years

Illustration by Narda Lebo
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It pays to buy top-quality paintbrushes. They apply paint more smoothly than cheaper brushes, feel more comfortable in your hand, and last for years — if you care for them properly.

For example, when cleaning a brush in a container of solvent or water, don't stand it up; you'll bend the bristles. Instead, rinse out all the paint, rake the bristles out straight with a brush comb, and hang the brush to dry. You can also help the bristles keep their shape by wrapping them in a brown-paper sheath cut from a grocery bag. Secure it with a rubber band placed around the metal ferrule on the brush. Then store the brush by laying it flat or hanging it up.

Paintbrush Saver
Illustration by Narda Lebo
Paintbrush Saver

It pays to buy top-quality paintbrushes. They apply paint more smoothly than cheaper brushes, feel more comfortable in your hand, and last for years — if you care for them properly.

For example, when cleaning a brush in a container of solvent or water, don't stand it up; you'll bend the bristles. Instead, rinse out all the paint, rake the bristles out straight with a brush comb, and hang the brush to dry. You can also help the bristles keep their shape by wrapping them in a brown-paper sheath cut from a grocery bag. Secure it with a rubber band placed around the metal ferrule on the brush. Then store the brush by laying it flat or hanging it up.

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