Paint Brush Cleaner

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Paint brush cleaner is available at most art stores, but turpentine can also be used to clean oil brushes, and regular hand soap is great for washing a variety of paints off of brushes and hands. Clean paint brushes regularly with information from an experienced artist in this free video on painting.

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Hi, I'm Koorosh Angali, with angali.com. I'm going to show you how to clean your brushes after making an oil painting. Basically what is available in the market, is what they call brush and hand cleaner of some sort. This is only one of them. There are so many of them in the market. There are paint thinners, that you can use, of some sort, this is for cleaning up. This one is just a regular tent thinner, and you can use turpentine, you can use any of these substances to clean your brush. You can use turpentine. This turpentine of course is English distilled turpentine, is more refined. You can use this in mixture with your medium actually, it's a little costly to use this to wash your brushes, or clean your brushes, but you can use more commercially, manufacture, the paint thinner, and turpentines. However, my personal preference, is non of these. What I do after making a painting, after painting, I just wash my brushes with regular hand soap. What I do, I pour some soap in the palm of my hand, and just rub the brush in circular motion. It takes several washings, it takes more time, however the reason that I prefer this, to any of these chemically, manufactured substances, is that any of these, would damage your bristles. Where as soap, mild soap, would never damage your bristles.

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