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How to clean your oil painting brushes using Zest-it

Having paid good money for the best quality brushes - you can keep them clean and in excellent condition with these helpful hints and tips.

hog haired brushes

If you keep your brushes clean, especially at the ferrule end, they will last much longer and perform well. Check this page if you are unsure of the components of a brush.

Ideally, brushes need to be cleaned after each painting session and a good routine will pay dividends for the performance and life of your brushes.



To make cleaning easier, remove as much wet paint as possible with the palette knife and then wipe with kitchen towel.

Wash the brush in Zest-it Oil Paint Dilutant and Brush Cleaner to remove all of the paint from the bristles or filaments. Gentley press the bristles against the side of the container to help release the paint. A wash pot with a cleaning screen in the bottom, is an easy way to clean your brush.

 


sable synthetic brushes

Besides using bristle brushes for oils, you can use Sable, Sable & synthetic mixed or synthetic.

Brush shapes in general use are:- Round, One-stroke and Rigger. Mop and Wash brushes are used for blending.

The effect you wish to create, dictates the choice of shape and filament. The Sable and Sable/synthetic mix will usually give a softer, smoother look to the applied paint. This mixture of filament is also useful for detail work and where finer brush strokes are needed.



The synthetic mixture range from soft to bristle effect and are a good alternative to natural hair filament. Each type has its place and it's important to find which type suites you, the way you work and the effect you wish to create, working with different brushes is the only real way of finding out what is right for you.

The one on the right is a Rigger brush, a mix of Sable and synthetic filament. Loaded with thin paint it is ideal for thin lines and things like twigs.

holding a rigger brush


round and rigger brush

At Art Shows or when you go to an art shop to buy a brush, they will usually have a pot of water available for checking the brush point. Don't be afraid to as for the water to check the pointing of the brush filaments before purchase.
Wet the filaments and shake the water off with a gently flick, inspect the filaments for good shape and no rogue hairs. Also hold the brush as if painting with it to see if it feels 'balanced' in your hand.



Your brushes are the 'tools' of your artistic 'trade', but it is very easy to ruin them, if they are not looked after properly. Brushes need to be cleaned after each painting session, a good routine will pay dividends.
Clean of the worst of the paint with paper towel or similar. Use the Zest-it Oil Paint Dilutant and Brush Cleaner, Solvent (Citrus Free) or Washaway to wash and clean your brushes.

oil on brush



Hints and Tips

zest-it oil paint dilutant and brush cleaner

Zest-it Oil Paint Dilutant and Brush Cleaner for thinning paint and for cleaning you palette, tools and brushes.
Place a small amount into a container suitable for brush washing, take of the worst of the paint and then wash the brush in the fluid. It is reusable. Allow to air dry.



Zest-it Solvent (Citrus Free) is excellent for cleaning and removing oil paint from surfaces, including your brushes.
Place a small amount into a container suitable for brush washing, take of the worst of the paint and then wash the brush in the fluid. It is reusable. Allow to air dry.

zest-it solvent citrus free



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