Top Tips For Extending The Life Of Your Brushes

Your work day might have finished but that doesn’t mean the hard yards are over. Every painter dreads the painful clean up that comes after a long day’s work, and that includes the cleaning of your brushes and rollers. Don’t stress though, Diggers Paint Cleanup is here to make the job a whole lot easier.

Here are some tips for extending the life of your brushes!

Buy The Right Brushes

If you’re painting every day, then it makes sense to invest in quality brushes that are within your budget. A good, quality brush will last for years and years, and with the right care and maintenance, they will see you right through to the end. Low-quality brushes will only last a number of projects before the bristles and ferrule start to deteriorate.

Remember: a paint brush and roller are the most important tools in a painter’s arsenal, so by choosing quality products, you’re saving time and money.

Limit Your Dip

If you’re only painting a small to medium area, try not to dip the bristles into more than 1 inch of paint. This makes cleaning your brushes and the area a lot easier (no one likes to clean a fully dipped brush!).

However, if you’re painting from a can, this tip often goes astray, so why not pour your paint into a small plastic container? This will give you better control over the amount of paint that is on your brush.

Use The Right Cleaner

The first step to cleaning your brushes is to determine which solvent is right for the paint product you’re using.

If you’re using oil or water-based paint, why not try Diggers Paint Cleanup? Paint Cleanup is a highly effective cleaner for both oil-based and water-based paints and is great for conditioning equipment. Looking after your brushes may seem like work without reward but maintaining them properly will help extend the life of your brushes and save you money in the long run.

Use Your Hands To Work The Paint Free

While it may be tempting to simply dip your brushes in a solvent and squish the paint free, this could in fact do more harm than good. To prevent possible damage to your brushes, simply soak your brushes in Diggers Paint Cleanup and massage the bristles until they’re clean.

After the brush is free of paint, rinse thoroughly and shake off the water.

The next step is to wrap the bristles in a piece of paper towel or tissue. When the paper dries, it will contract and pull the bristles back into shape.

If you’re looking to extend the life of your brushes, just give it some Diggers!