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    Default Restoring Paint Brushes

    For many years I have restored old and stiff paint brushes by soaking for a couple of days in a straight Phenyle Disinfectant solution. These are brushes that have slowly stiffened up and need a refresh.

    I mostly use water based paints and wash brushes thoroughly after use using Linseed Soap to finish and they keep their softness very well but over time they need a refresh.

    Not so easy to find Phenyle Disinfectant these days so put it to the trusty forum for a possible modern day, economical, replacement.

    The Phenyle treatment would get all the old paint softened and easy to rinse out and leave the bristles beautifully soft again.

    Cheers, Fred

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    I use Diggers Paint Brush and Roller restorer. It is unusual stuff, meaning that there is little smell to it. I just get a group of brushes together and let them soak for a number of days, dependent on how crusty the brushes are. Put the "used" liquid into a bottle for the next time. If you can, syphon off the clear liquid.
    I use dishwashing liquid to washout the residue of the restorer. You usual hardware should have it

    Just an addition, use it to clean up your spray guns too. It does a great job of loosening any hard spots of paint
    Just do it!

    Kind regards Rod

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