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Offline Rick Lowe

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Re: Brushes for acrylic clear coat
« Reply #15 on: December 05, 2020, 11:43:21 am »
I use a natural bristle flat brush, about 1/4" or so, for Klear or similar products, as it seems to flow better with the softer bristles.
Then either that or a similar sized synthetic for the matt coat which is usually Gunze flat clear.
(Though I also like the Winsor & Newton flat varnish that comes out of the bottle white and dries to clear.)

As to sources, I've had most of them for a while and can't really recall, but I generally get them from one of the cheap emporia we are infested with here.

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Re: Brushes for acrylic clear coat
« Reply #16 on: January 24, 2021, 06:23:36 am »
I'm seriously impressed with this De Luxe Brush Magic stuff.  :thumbsup:

Trying to get the last traces of some acrylic paints out of my brushes has been a constant worry, and had lead me to have some 'dark paint brushes' and some 'light pant brushes' in order to keep them from cross-contamination one another.

But the use of Brush Magic has solved the problem, I dunk the brush in the BM container and leave it there after initially cleaning with water or thinners. The stuff never seems to evaporate so the container, a small jam jar long since recycled, stays open with the brushes still in there. When I need to use them again it's a swift rinse in water and they're as good as new.

Result!  :thumbsup:
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Re: Brushes for acrylic clear coat
« Reply #17 on: January 24, 2021, 06:52:37 am »
Must admit I'm a fan of the stuff as well
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Re: Brushes for acrylic clear coat
« Reply #18 on: January 24, 2021, 11:42:50 pm »
I'm seriously impressed with this De Luxe Brush Magic stuff.  :thumbsup:

Trying to get the last traces of some acrylic paints out of my brushes has been a constant worry, and had lead me to have some 'dark paint brushes' and some 'light pant brushes' in order to keep them from cross-contamination one another.

But the use of Brush Magic has solved the problem, I dunk the brush in the BM container and leave it there after initially cleaning with water or thinners. The stuff never seems to evaporate so the container, a small jam jar long since recycled, stays open with the brushes still in there. When I need to use them again it's a swift rinse in water and they're as good as new.

Result!  :thumbsup:

As a really simple, cheap and effective alternative I strongly suggest a piece of painter soap (from your local hobby shop withz artist material) for brush cleaning of all sorts. Works like a charm for acrylic paint, and also gets enamal pigment residues out of the bristle basis. Since I have been using it, my brushes also have been keeping their shape/tip considerably longer.

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Re: Brushes for acrylic clear coat
« Reply #19 on: January 25, 2021, 03:06:51 am »
I've never heard of 'painter soap' before, and I've no idea if there even IS an artist's shop anywhere near me. My LHS surely would never have seen anything as techie, it's difficult enough getting anything other than Airfix, Revell or Humbrol out of them. :(

What does it look like please?
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Re: Brushes for acrylic clear coat
« Reply #20 on: January 25, 2021, 04:45:45 am »
Masters Brush Cleaner seems to be the big name https://www.artsupplies.co.uk/item-the-masters-brush-cleaner-and-preserver.htm

Da Vinci is another big name https://www.cowlingandwilcox.com/brush-cleaners-accessories/50-da-vinci-all-natural-brush-soap-100g

Hobbycraft may eventually get some in stock
https://www.hobbycraft.co.uk/winsor-and-newton-brush-cleaner-250ml/634857-1000
https://www.hobbycraft.co.uk/brush-cleaner-150ml/606167-1000

Vallejo do their own Brush Cleaner and a Brush Restorer.

I have heard of people using ordinary hair conditioner on their paintbrushes which seems logical. https://craftychica.com/2017/03/correct-way-clean-paint-brushes/


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Re: Brushes for acrylic clear coat
« Reply #21 on: January 25, 2021, 05:10:37 am »
I've never heard of 'painter soap' before, and I've no idea if there even IS an artist's shop anywhere near me. My LHS surely would never have seen anything as techie, it's difficult enough getting anything other than Airfix, Revell or Humbrol out of them. :(

What does it look like please?

It looks like a simple white piece of soap - here's an example: https://www.amazon.de/NEU-Malzeit-K%C3%BCnstlerseife-100-g/dp/B01FDLYXCG/ref=pd_vtp_2?pd_rd_w=3LCA5&pf_rd_p=4af43c2e-5c30-4c62-83c2-532e9fbfbd6a&pf_rd_r=0DYRFEX67P33Z2E9R5A6&pd_rd_r=54272f58-63af-413c-9fb1-38781b881fb2&pd_rd_wg=4hU75&pd_rd_i=B01FDLYXCG&psc=1