Cleaning brushes used with oil based paint

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Old 02-19-04, 10:22 AM
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Cleaning brushes used with oil based paint

I have been putting some paint thinner in a coffee can but I'd like to hear some other methods that reduce waste and are environmentally friendly.

I'm painting doors one at a time so there will be a lot of stopping and starting.



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BUy cheap throw away brushes
 
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We recycle our thinner. After washing a brush in it, we pour the used thinner in a clean 5 gallon bucket. After a while, all the paint solids will fall to the bottom, and get real hard and gummy. Then we pour off the top of that for our first and second rinses for brushes. We always use new thinner for the final rinse. You can do this over and over but sooner or later you will have to dispose of it somehow, and how to do that depends on your city and state regulations.
 
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Another tip is when using oil on brushes, wrap the brush in foil or plastic, throw it in the freezer, and it will stay fresh until next time. Just pull it out of the freezer about 10 minutes before you need it.
 
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Great advice because the problem was that I keep using more than I need to because you can't get the brush clean even on the first use with one container. Too much paint is suspended in the thinner to get the brush clean.
 
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Another tip is when using oil on brushes, wrap the brush in foil or plastic, throw it in the freezer, and it will stay fresh until next time. Just pull it out of the freezer about 10 minutes before you need it.
Do you mean between coats using the same paint?
 
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Do you mean between coats using the same paint?
Yep.
 
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