A few weeks after painting my bathroom, my mom informed me that I didn’t clean out her brush well enough and now it was all gunked up at the base. It was her good Purdy brush too.
A few days later I noticed a pin making the rounds on Pinterest that linked to a “this old house” magazine article [right here], claiming you could save gunked up paint brushes with hot distilled white vinegar.
“Soak gunked-up nylon brushes in hot vinegar for up to 30 minutes to remove paint and soften the bristles. Afterward, wash them in hot, soapy water, brushing off paint as needed, then rinse and let dry—good as new.”
Sweet! perfect timing.
So I grabbed some distilled white vinegar
And poured some in a pan to warm up on the stove.
And then I poured the hot vinegar in a bread pan with the gunked-up brush and let it sit there for 30 minutes. I chose the bread pan because it would be better for the brush to lay on it’s side in a shallow dish instead of virtically, smashing down it’s bristles.
Then I washed it out in hot soapy water. No matter how hard I tried I couldn’t get the gunk in the base of the brush to soften up. I couldn’t even get the paint off the strands on the side of the brush, and I scraped them hard with my finger nails.
I guess I’ll be buying a new paintbrush.
Have you ever destroyed a paint brush? Do you know of a good method to save them? Let me know!