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I left my wood stain brush Uncleaned and now it is all dry. How do I clean that mess? Trying to paint for the first time, so any suggestions would be appreciated.

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    I would buy a new one. It is a lot easier to clean them immediately you finish painting. The wood stain container will have instructions for brush cleaning which will specify the type of solvents needed. – RedGrittyBrick Jan 26 '17 at 14:32
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You don't.

Once paint dries on a brush, it is uncleanable. Into the trash it goes.

Even if you soaked it in paint stripper and spent hours working it through the brush, you'd never get the dried paint out of the heel of the brush, nor out of the fine areas on the end of the bristles. It would never paint right again.

I don't consider that to be any big deal, since I paint a lot in epoxies and 2-part urethanes. The brush is a total loss every time, because it would take $10 worth of the exotic solvent to rinse out a brush that is definitely not worth $10.

  • While not foolproof, simply putting your brush in a baggie that is wet will keep good for sometimes up to a few weeks... given you are doing like painting/staining. – DMoore Jan 26 '17 at 20:20
  • @DMoore LOL I forget about that, because so much of my painting is 2-part paints such as epoxies and LPUs, which will cure in the sealed wrapper. Yes, that works all consumer paints, latex, oil, etc. which come in a single can. I wrap first in plastic grocery bags, which seem impervious to everything including LPUs, then into a ziploc bag for sealing. Squeeze the air out, that being especially important in 1-part paints, which cure when in contact with air. – Harper - Reinstate Monica Jan 26 '17 at 20:34
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Forget 'cleaning' stain off a brush. Buying a new brush is less expensive (sometimes). What I do is wrap my stain brush or paint brush in plastic wrap and put it into the freezer. As long as you are using the same stain or paint, you've still got a brush to use.

  • That sounds like a pretty good idea....Ommina have to try that! – Knob Scratcher Jan 26 '17 at 21:45
  • It really works well. You'll love this... – stormy Jan 27 '17 at 8:04

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