Watch the video as Marc Mamet talks us through best practice for cleaning oil and acrylic paint brushes. Marc washes his brushes using a two-step process to ensure clean, soft brushes that will stand the test of time.


Having taken considerable care in selecting your brushes and making something amazing with them, it makes sense to protect your investment by undertaking the proper care and maintenance procedures. Good house-keeping will certainly help prolong the life of your brushes and unless they are looked after they will lose their shape and quality and won’t perform the way you would like when it comes to painting. 


Follow these simple rules to care for your brushes: 


  1. Always clean your brushes after use and point the hair up in their natural shape. Particular attention should be paid to ensure there is no paint accumulation at the ferrule.
  2. Keep brushes upright and never resting on the hair or bristle. If stored for any length of time, make sure that they are thoroughly clean and dry to prevent mildew and kept in an airtight container to avoid moth grub attack. The Roymac Brush Wallet will protect brushes during storage or travel. 
  3. Use turpentine to remove oils and alkyd resit and cold water for acrylics, followed by household soap worked to a lather on the palm of the hand, until there is no further trace of colour. Rinse thoroughly and shape up the head. Try to hang the brush to remove all solvent/water out of the ferrule.  
  4. Watercolour brushes should be cleaned with cold water, only until all colour is extracted. Dry by stroking with a clean rag. Point brush with fingers and store upright in a dust-free place. 
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