Brush care instructions:
At the end of each class, wipe off all excess paint from the brushes and wrap them in a paper towel separate from your clean brushes. The same day, unwrap brushes and place them in a jar or can with a oil solvent such as "Turpenoid". (Turpenoid Natural is highly reccomended.)
You may soak the brushes, although soaking does nothing to "better" the cleaning. Soaking ONLY prevents the brushes from drying out. If you do soak, make sure the Turpenoid is clean. Dirty "Turpentine" can become gummy and ruin brushes.
After soaking, remove each brush individually and wipe out excess Turpenoid and paint. Repeat until no more color comes out.
After thoroughly cleaning with Turpenoid, follow up with soap and water. Put a small amount of dish/hand soap in your hand and move the brush in circular motions. Repeat until no color comes out.
Wipe dry, gently reshape, and lie flat or upright to dry.
Brush care FAQ:
Q: How many brushes should I have?
A: Each student should have a minimum set of 7 brushes. All new students are required to purchase a full set of brushes upon enrollment.
Q: What should I use to clean my brushes?
A: It is imperative to use both an oil paint solvent followed by soap & water. We sell and offer a variety of solvents at the studio for your convenience from classic and odorless turpentine to more environmentally friendly alternative, including a soy based thinner and essential oil based option.
Q: Can I wash my brushes at the studio?
A: With only one sink available, students are not allowed to wash their brushes at the studio. Please wash your brushes at home!
Q: What happens if I forget to wash my brushes before the next class?
A: Bring brushes “as is” or attempt to clean them as best as you can using the solvent. Some solvents are better than others with dried paint removal. If brushes are not in a good enough condition to be used during class, we will loan you a brush from the studio. If brushes are damaged permanently, you will need to replace your compromised brushes with new ones.
Q: Can I just use water to clean my brushes?
A: Do not use water as a means to clean your brushes - oil and water do not mix. Brushes must be cleaned with Turpenoid first, and then may be rinsed with soap and water.
Q: How often will I need to replace my brushes?
A: Wear is determined individually. The pace in which your brushes wear out is based on both brush care and usage. Some students are harder on brushes than others. We only suggest replacement when absolutely necessary. Speak with an instructor on how to get the maximum use out of your brushes.
Q: How long should it take to wash my brushes?
A: A thorough brush cleaning shouldn’t take more than 5-10 minutes for several brushes. If you have questions on the procedure, please contact the studio!