When Dry Brushes Die

brushes for dry brushingDry brushing is a great technique for weathering and wall painting but it kills your brushes. What then?

Dry brushing, applying almost dry paint with a short stiff bristles to just the raised areas of a train or building surface and is commonly used for highlighting and to achieve a weathered look, is a vital skill for model builders.

It’s also hellish on brushes. Damaging them each time,  quickly wrecking them beyond use.

For this reason experienced modellers recommend using old brushes.

But if you do a lot of dry brushing your pipeline of old brushes waiting to be used will be quickly exhausted. What then?

This is a problem I face frequently and buying new sable brushes only to abuse them with dry brushing is bad for both my  bank account and peace of mind.  It feels awful to take a lovely new brush and cutting it short and roughly drag it over surfaces destroying the soft bristles in the process.

To solve this quandary I’ve recently been testing and experimenting with cheap brushes I could buy and use up without too feeling too bad about or denting my bank account too much. And after a few trials I’ve found these brushes (pictured above).

They fit the bill perfectly. They’re relatively in expensive yet reasonable quality and work well for dry brushing.

I’ve now got several packs of them for when my current stock of old brushes where out and am looking forward to using them.

> Looking for more? Read Dry Brushing Tips for advice on how to master this technique.

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