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.