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Revive Old Paintbrushes

About this Tip:

Clean and soften the bristles on paintbrushes

Clean and soften the bristles on paintbrushes

How to:

  1. Heat white vinegar until it is hot
  2. Place the vinegar in a throw away container, like an empty food can
  3. Put the paint brush in, being sure the bristles are covered including the metal piece that attaches the bristles to the handle
  4. Soak for 30 minutes or so to remove old paint and soften the bristles
  5. After the brush is clean, wash in hot, soapy water, brushing off paint as needed
  6. Rinse well and allow to air dry
  7. Toss the can and used vinegar.

Warnings & Cautions:

Do not pour the used vinegar down the drain or in to the toilet. It will contain old paint and paint pieces and could contribute to clogging drains

Linda Says:

When soaking the brush, use an old container that can have hot liquid in it. Be sure you use something that can be thrown out.