Do you need to brush up when it comes to cleaning up your DIY projects? After a long day painting, it’s tempting to just down tools and crack open a cold one but taking care of your equipment will help it last the distance and ensure a better-quality job.
A well-looked-after, quality paintbrush will give you a long life of excellent results, provided you take the time to clean and store your brush properly. Never store a brush that has any wet paint left on it.
As soon as you’ve finished using your paintbrush, remove any excess paint and soak the bristles in cold water. Next, rinse under plenty of water, making sure you clean up inside the brush, next to the ferrule. The ferrule is the part of the brush that connects the bristles to the handle.
“You can use a brush comb to dislodge any dry paint that might be sticking to the bristles,” says Resene paint expert Murdo Shaw. “I like to wipe down the paintbrush handle to keep it clean, too,” he adds.