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Brush rest / soaker
Posted by JohnMatt on Thursday, February 09, 2017 7:54 PM

My goal here is to have a place where I can lay down a brush when I'm done using it and keep the handle propped up and dry while the bristles soak in windex.  But I don't want to flatten the bristles, so the brush would lay nearly flat and not slide down into the receptacle and mash the bristles.

Then at the end of the session, I can cleanup a few brushes all at once, waiting for me in the tray.

Does anything like this exist?

Something like this, maybe propped up a half-inch on one end so the windex all sits down toward the far end.

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Posted by BlackSheepTwoOneFour on Thursday, February 09, 2017 9:25 PM

Why? It makes no sense what you're trying to achieve. Simply clean and shape as it dries by standing your brushes upright. You can make your own by taking a simple 2 x 4 drilling holes for your brushes.

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Posted by JohnMatt on Thursday, February 09, 2017 9:52 PM

That's what I've been doing.  But I'd like to just churn through brushes as necessary and then clean them all at the end of the session.  And yes, I have an upright brush stand.

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Posted by Jon_a_its on Friday, February 10, 2017 2:52 AM

There are doo-dads with a spring thingy where the brushes can be dandled in or above the thinner of your choice

 

Another option is a wet palette   to lay your brushes on...

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Posted by JohnMatt on Friday, February 10, 2017 10:33 PM
Thanks for the suggestion. I ordered the little tray, it was only $6. If it doesn't work out I can always try something less 'home-made'.
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Posted by Don Stauffer on Saturday, February 11, 2017 9:12 AM

I have a 1 x 3 border around the perfboard on the back of my bench. I drilled a series of 1/8 inch holes in the top piece, and I stick the handles into one of those holes when I am done cleaning a brush.  That is the storage for my brushes, and keeps them off of the bench and the bristles free and open.

Don Stauffer in Minnesota

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Posted by BlackSheepTwoOneFour on Saturday, February 11, 2017 10:00 AM

JohnMatt
Thanks for the suggestion. I ordered the little tray, it was only $6. If it doesn't work out I can always try something less 'home-made'.
 

 

Less "homemade"? I'd rather grab a scrap 2 x 4 and drill holes for my brushes than spend money on a brush holder. LOL!

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Posted by JohnMatt on Saturday, February 11, 2017 12:32 PM

BlackSheepTwoOneFour
Less "homemade"? I'd rather grab a scrap 2 x 4 and drill holes for my brushes than spend money on a brush holder. LOL!

I am in the fortunate position of having an extra six dollars.

Yes, your method will certainly hold brushes upright, but it would fail to help me soak them in cleaner.  But I'm glad it works for you.

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Posted by jgeratic on Saturday, February 11, 2017 3:07 PM

Interesting idea, I wonder if extended soaking in ammonia does anything to the quality of the bristles or the binder that holdes them together in the handle?

Personally, I think it's just better for one's health to get up from the work bench and go wash the brushes.  Long sessions of sitting aren't good, at least not for me.

regards,

Jack

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Posted by Hendo on Sunday, February 12, 2017 12:03 PM

Hi

What you need is called a "brush keeper" as a Coach painter I used these for years, they are essentially a container with the paint thinner that has a rod that sits over the top, the brushes would have a hole drilled into the handle which allowed the brushes to hang suspended from the rod into the thinner,  some keepers even hand lids.

Obviously, you can't drill holes in your brushes but you could attach them to the rod with pegs / bluetack / tape / clips, whatever, hope this helps.

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Posted by BlackSheepTwoOneFour on Tuesday, February 14, 2017 9:46 AM

jgeratic

Interesting idea, I wonder if extended soaking in ammonia does anything to the quality of the bristles or the binder that holdes them together in the handle?

Personally, I think it's just better for one's health to get up from the work bench and go wash the brushes.  Long sessions of sitting aren't good, at least not for me.

regards,

Jack

 

 

Yeah that...

I would never leave brushes sitting in thinner for extended time. My guess, it may break down the bristles and make them coarse. Personally, I wouldn't leave it in cleaning solvent for any long period of time. Just clean, shape and let dry. I'm not sure why or what you're trying to achieve by leaving the brushes in solvent until next brush session. It just seem strange to me or you're overthinking in taking good care of your brushes. I don't know.

 

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Posted by JohnMatt on Tuesday, February 14, 2017 10:28 PM

Apparently, I've been misunderstood.  The brushes will sit in windex for an hour or so at most, the duration of the session.  Then I clean them all up at the end.

I thought I stated that plainly enough, but it would appear not.

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