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Forum topic by patcollins posted 08-11-2015 11:18 PM 550 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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patcollins

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08-11-2015 11:18 PM

I don’t know if this is common knowledge or it was somewhere else but I discovered when cleaning latex paint or any water based finish out of a brush under running water it goes much faster if you take a cheap plastic fork and use to comb out the bristles with it under the running water. This gets out the paint faster and probably farther down into the bristles.


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#1 posted 08-11-2015 11:27 PM

Yep, great tip! We have a brush comb from hardware store that really helps.

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#2 posted 08-11-2015 11:42 PM



Yep, great tip! We have a brush comb from hardware store that really helps.

- hotbyte

I drove about 10 miles to get a brush comb, used it for years. I couldn’t find it one day and as I was cleaning a brush in my sink I saw an old plastic fork sitting on my counter and decided to try it. The plastic fork put my $5 brush comb that I drove 10 miles to get to shame. Go figure.

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#3 posted 08-12-2015 12:08 AM

I use a stainless bristle tooth brush.

-- Clint Searl....Ya can no more do what ya don't know how than ya can git back from where ya ain't been

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#4 posted 08-12-2015 02:18 AM

Might need to give a fork a try :-)

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#5 posted 08-12-2015 03:51 AM

Clint that toothbrush must have been hell on the toofems.

-- Made in America, with American made tools....Shopsmith

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#6 posted 08-12-2015 03:58 AM


I use a stainless bristle tooth brush.

- Clint Searl

I think steel is good for natural bristle brushes but for synthetic brushes I found that steel cleaning brushes may stretch and deform the bristles making the brush look like Professor Irwin Corey’s hair. I use plastic brushes for plastic bristles.

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#7 posted 08-12-2015 05:30 AM

good tip, never heard that one

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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