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storing new paint brushes
New Hampshire, United States
Joined: June 06, 2002
KitMaker: 1,225 posts
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Posted: Monday, June 06, 2011 - 02:40 AM UTC
As most of you know my life style is living in a RV, so with that in mind my living and storage space very limited I have a problem with storing of my brushes. Right now my brushes new and old are curling up because I put them in a box. Due to the limit space I have, I'm not able to just put then in a cup or a can to keep them upright. So I need your help in trying to keep my brushes look good and the brush hairs from curling up! Please help.
Thank you
United States
Joined: September 22, 2010
KitMaker: 102 posts
Historicus Forma: 100 posts
Posted: Monday, June 06, 2011 - 08:27 AM UTC
A bud of mine, Keith, himself a major painter although now in semi-retirement recently GAVE me his brushes. He kept them in a zippered nylon case similar to a CD or DVD case - complete with individual elastic loops for each brush - There's no name or identification on the case or I'd tell you who the manufacturer is/was...you could probably check online with either Pearl Paints or Daniel Smith to see if they carry such an animal....wait - I just checked the case and the word "Elite" is printed/embroidered on the cover...as an alternative I'd suggest getting a package of shrink wrap tubing from Harbor Freight and cutting lengths of that to put over the hairs - use a hair dryer to shrink the tubing slightly over the brush HANDLE only - if the tubing is too large to provide a snug fit...I've done THAT and keep mine in an empty Crystal Light container (hairs UP)...Hope this Helps, bro...

CB in FL
California, United States
Joined: February 10, 2008
KitMaker: 62 posts
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Posted: Saturday, September 24, 2011 - 06:35 PM UTC

I know this reply is late, but here's my recommendation...

If your brushes are sable or ANY natural hair, bugs will eat them up. If you haven't found this out yet, you are lucky. I bought some brushes made of puma (mountain lion) hair (and, no, no mountain lions were killed!) Some of them were eaten by the same moths that eat wool.

I have a brush box I bought years ago form Dick Blick that's made of cedar. It has a sliding top. Cedar repels moths and other bugs due to it's aroma. I suggest you keep them in there after you clean them out. Sable brushes will return to their natural shape after you wet them the next time.

I just bought several sable brushes from Kalish brush in New Jersey. I keep them all in that cedar case.

If the are nylon or synthetic brushes, you don't need to worry about it.


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