I used to get through a lot of brushes.
I’d buy them but regardless of cost or brand, they didn’t last. Being inexperienced back then, I just put this down to the brushes being poorly made, nothing is made as well as they used to be I’d think.
But then I discovered Masters Brush Cleaner made by the delightfully named General Pencil Co.
It claims to clean brushes after acrylic, oil or watercolour painting and having used it for some time now it really does work, even shifting truly gummed-up brushes and does a much better job than the usual cleaning fluids.
Wet the brush and clean it as best you can and then rub it on the Masters cake and then swirl it around in your palm. Within a few minutes, you’ll have a lather of paint. Rinse it and repeat a few times and your brush will feel like new again.
It also acts as a preserver. After cleaning, a wipe over with the stuff and then shaping it keeps them in better condition for next use.
The video below demonstrates how to use it and how effective it can be.
It’s not the cheapest stuff in the world but the cost is easily made up for by not having the buy replacement brushes and better results. And don’t be fooled by the small 75ml container; it doesn’t look like it’ll last long but the current pot has lasted well over a year now.
If you paint, get yourself some Masters Brush Cleaner you won’t be disappointed.
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