Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Here's a good tip...

Well not only did I spill gesso on the rug I also left one of my favorite brushes in acrylic paint for several days and you know what that does..it petrifies the brush as we all know and have probably done. Well don't throw it away so fast. Bob Burridges has great tips and this is one that works! He washes all of his brushes with Murphy's Oil Soap and makes them all like new. If you petrify a brush just soak it in Murphys for 24 to 48 hours and it dissolves all the paint and makes it like new. This brush is like new again. Good ole Murpheys! It's magic stuff!

18 comments:

Mary said...

oh thank you for this...
hoping you got most of it out of your beautiful rug. you will probably be finding black gesso in places for months.

i am sure Bucky is smelling nice and clean after his de-gessoing bath...

xxoo

Lisa Graham Art said...

Good to know! Thanks for sharing!

Bev Davis said...

I used to give new oainting students when they came to their first class a little film container filled with Murphys oil soap. It made a nice little welcome gift and it works great! But now we do not have film containers ;/ Great tip!!

Lesley said...

I don't know if we can get that here in England but I shall investigate as I have a few petrified brushes of my own haha!

Good tip!

Kate said...

Wow! Good to know! I'll definitely need this one!

Sharon said...

Just in time I shall try this as " I
Been a bad Girl".!! LOL left a very expensive favorite brush to dry with acrylic in it. Hope it works as I love this brush. Thanks and Happy Thanksgiving to you and that darling Bucky!!!!

Julie-ann Bowden Heavenleigh Art said...

Oh would this work wonders on your rug also! :)

nano*ink said...

perfect timing - I just threw a brush in the garbage that I will get out and soak in Murphy's.
Thanks so much.

Aisling Beatha said...

hmmm, wonder what an equivalent would be over here in the UK. I'll have to have a think about that one.

Erin Bassett said...

I'm SO going to try this!!!

Carol said...

Murphy's works great! If you can't find it, liquid fabric softener works good too. I ran out of Murphy's while repainting with latex enamel. I have also read, vinegar will remove paint from dried brushes, but I have not tried it yet.

Rita Dittrich said...

I just recently ran into this website and tried the Murphy's Oil. What a money saver. I tried it on brushes that I had "stashed" over 5 years ago.....and yes they are like new ones now. I soaked them for 3 days.

Evilknittingtwin said...

I am a house painter by trade and I am going to try this tomorrow on a few older brushes......

bonnie butts said...

This works but it makes the bristles softer.

Irishnana said...

Bob also recommends pure Castile Soap from the same company for super-cleaning "dead brushes". It’s a natural, all-purpose liquid soap with organic essential oils. It’s more concentrated than Murphy's Oil Soap... a little goes a long way. It works!

Gary Boutin said...

Dear Martha Lever
I got your tip for brushes. I would like to try it and paste your link on my art page.
my page is called http://lightindarkartwrork.blogspot.com its similar but you been doing your page longer than I have. Anyway its a great tip. Thanks Gary Boutin

diane robinson said...

we have been using Murphy's oil soap for years to clean our brushes. another product i've found is Citra Solv, available from Jerry's and Dick Blick. I cleaned some brushes that had old paint for 15 YEARS!!. Yes, it cleaned it out. then i cleaned again in Murphy's to soften the brushes. i'm using these brushes today, some were VERY EXPENSIVE and i saved them.
Diane

diane robinson said...

I've also used paint stripper on brushes i would have thrown away after painting woodwork, etc. with house paint. Saved the brushes. Diane R.

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