Fastest and Easiest Ways to Get Paint Off Brushes

Paint brushes with dried paint

A few weeks ago I did a YouTube video on how to get paint off your paint brushes (below). I had the intent to make it into a blog post but I’ve been ever so slightly busy. I created this because I had dried acrylic paint on a few brushes. These steps might work for oil paint but I’ve been using acrylic.

I had a collection of paint brushes with dried acrylic on them. My daughter likes to get into my art supplies and leave the brushes out. I go around collecting the brushes and put them on the side until I could manage to have free time and during that free time remember to figure out how to get dried acrylic paint off my brushes.

Any who, it’s very simple. I experimented with two recommended options: alcohol and acetone nail polish remover. Acetone works fast but I realize one is more likely to have alcohol on hand so, I’ll leave tips for using alcohol as well.

What you’ll need:

  • Acetone or Alcohol
  • Small Cup – Preferably disposable
  • Your Brushes
  • Dish Soap
  • Dish Sponge or Towel (optional)

Step 1: Fill your cup with just enough alcohol or acetone to cover your paint brush bristles.

Step 2: Put your paint brush in the liquid and let sit for a couple of minutes. Swirl around after until you notice the paint coming off. If you use alcohol, let it sit a few minutes longer before swirling around gently.

Step 3: Once most of the paint is off rinse under water and clean with dish soap. You can scrape off any small stubborn specs with your nails or a sponge.

Step 4: Reshape bristles by gently wiping the brush on a dry towel/napkin.

Boom! You’re done.

Now, you want to make sure you take care of your brushes in the future as doing this repeatedly is sure to dry them and make them rough and brittle.

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