Figure 3-27. Oil-based paint cleaning materials
(1) Wear rubber gloves to protect your hands from chemicals. Use a rag to wipe off as much
paint as you can from the paintbrush's ferrule (Figure 3-28).
(2) Proceed with the directions at paragraph 3-5b(3) below if you poured the paint directly
into paint trays. Pour several inches of thinner into a used paint bucket. If you did not pour the paint
directly into the paint trays, then wipe any paint off the bucket sides and bottom (Figure 3-29) with the
paintbrush that you used for the paint job. This not only cleans the bucket, but it also begins the
paintbrush-cleaning process. When the bucket is clean, pour the used thinner into any paint trays that
you plan to clean, and pour fresh thinner into the clean bucket.
(3) Pour fresh thinner into a clean paint bucket, and soak the paintbrush in the fresh thinner
for a few minutes. Then use a wire brush to "comb" (Figure 3-30) the flat sides and edges of the
paintbrush from the ferrule toward the end of the bristles, forcing out the paint. Repeat this process for
paint that is trapped inside the bristles near the
(4) Hold the paintbrush upside down, and bend the bristles back and forth, forcing thinner
into the brush's heel (Figure 3-31). Repeat this several times while pouring clean thinner into the
bristles. Continue until clear thinner runs out of the paintbrush.