Does anyone know how to clean brushes after using Dulux Weathershield?
Not having read the instructions, I first tried using white spirit which had
no effect whatsoever.
I threw that brush away and read the instructions before I used the paint
again. The instruction on the tin says "Wash the brush in water" so I tried
cold water on the next brush but that had no effect either.
Hot water and "Sqeezy" removed some of the paint but not from inside the
bristles. Strangely, washing the brush in white spirit then cleaned the
brush, but surely there must be an easier way. Does anyone know what it is?
Thanks in advance.
You can use brush cleaner, but it really isn't worth it unless you
were using really expensive ones. It's more cost effective to buy
moderate quality brushes in bulk and bin them.
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You can't possibly know what is cost effective for anyone unless you
know their cost anaylsis basis.
I'm fed up reading this hoary old chestnut about using brushes once
only before throwing them away
IMHO cheap brushes are an abomination and trying to do good work with
them is well nigh impossible.
They shed hairs, hold no reasonable amout of paint and generally have
characteristics incompatible with applying a good finish.
Personally I have brushes upwards of 15 years old.
I use brush cleaner, the bottle I have is now about 10 years old as it
is reusable. Rinse well with water and spin the brush between one's
palms to get it dry
It takes less than a few minutes to clean a brush and wrap it in paper
before hanging it up for use the next time.
A plus to this procedure is that one is cleaning ones hands at the
same time ;-)
The major plus is that I get to use good quality brushes and it is
still cheaper than using some throwaway tat.
Disposable brushes are fine in their place but are not a panacea IMHO
Paul Mc Cann
When buying a brush I will pick one with a good ferrule, good length
of bristle and plent of it. Grasping the tips of the bristle between
the thumb and forefinger will assist with this.
Price is also a guide.
I have some old Harris brushes. Varian is another name that springs
to mind. I also have some American artificial bristle ones I use for
water based varnishes.
Trouble is, most manufactures also pander to the lower end of the
market so names are not always a good guide.
I should also explain that I keep brushes for specific purposes. Ones
for use with oil based varnishes, others for water based varnishes,
and more for oil base paint finishes
Polyclens. No its not filtered just poured back into the bottle. the
sediment drops to the bottom and,like decanting vintage port, it is
left understurbed by careful handling .
At one time I used white spirit followed by liberal application of
Fairy Liquid to clean brushes, which could be tedious. then one had to
dispose of the dirty white spirit. ( Into the bonfire accelerant
Coming across an old bottle of brush cleaner one day it struck me it
would cut out the white spirit step at least and in fact it also cuts
out the Fairy Liquid step.
The bulk of the residual paint should be first removed. I do that by
laying the brush on a piece of paper and drawing the back of a knife
blade from the base of the bristles to the tips. Once or twice on each
side will extract what scraping on the edge of the tin, or paint
kettle, has left behind.
Paul Mc Cann
The can of Dulux Weathershield Undercoat that I am currently using
"Remove as much paint as possible from brushes and rollers before washing
This worked for me once I realised that white spirit did not work and I read
the instructions on the can. I assume that the U/C is acrylic based so don't
wait too long.
The newest can of Weathershield Gloss suggests Brush Cleaner but an older
one says White Spirit. I have always though brush cleaner was glorified
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