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March 13, 2012

Removing Dry Paint from Paint Brushes

While surfing Pinterest I came upon a handy little tip that saved me about $30.00!  While painting my counter stools I let the paint dry hard as a rock, in my nice Purdy brushes!  I knew I had to try this little tip or I was off to Home Depot to buy some new brushes!  IT WORKED!
Here is the sweet little secret!  
Soak the dried paint brushes in vinegar to loosen up the paint a bit.  I soaked my a couple of hours because they were DRY! 

 Bring a pot of vinegar to boil and boil the brushes for about ten minutes.  This will vary again depending on the paint in the brushes.  I removed them from the stove and let them soak longer.     
 I used a paint brush comb and started working through the bristles.  
I kept at it..
..And the paint slowly started coming out.  I re-soaked and started the process again.  
And the final product!  Three usable brushes!  They are stained, but that is OK with me!  

The moral of the story, don't let paint dry in your nice brushes but if you do, Vinegar is here to save the day!

Love, Stacie


Unknown said...

I wonder if that would work with dried modge podge???

Have you seen anything on that?


Maria said...

I'm hoping this will work for my paint brushes! It was my newbie mistake and I left them sit all night (one with enamel paint and the other with poly) and like yours, they are Purdy brushes so it's worth a shot!

Anonymous said...

Worked Great! thanks

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