How to clean your paint by numbers brushes

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After you’ve been working on your paint by numbers and have completely filled in a number, it’s important to clean the brush thoroughly. If you allow acrylic paint to dry, it can be very damaging to the brushes. This might necessitate buying new brushes. By properly cleaning them with the provided Paint by Numbers Shop cleaning cloth, which is also included with every order, you can avoid this problem! Read here to learn how to clean your brushes.


How to clean your paint by numbers brushes?

Whether you’re a seasoned artist or a beginner just starting with the paint by number kits, maintaining your brushes is crucial for ensuring the longevity of your tools and the quality of your paintings. Cleaning brushes might seem straightforward, but there are specific steps and tips that can significantly enhance their lifespan and performance. In this guide, we’ll walk you through the essential techniques to effectively clean your paint by number brushes, discuss the importance of regular cleaning, and offer some best practices to keep your brushes in top condition. So, grab your paint-stained brushes and let’s dive into the art of keeping them clean and ready for your next artistic endeavor!


How Often Should I Clean My Brushes?

Since acrylic paint dries very quickly, we recommend cleaning your brushes often. Therefore, do not leave your brushes idle while painting by numbers. There are three moments when brushes should be cleaned:

  • As soon as you are done with one number and moving to a different color.
  • When you want to switch to a different brush.
  • When you are done painting and are temporarily putting away your artwork.


What is the Best Way to Clean My Brushes?

Take the towel provided by us in your kit and try to remove as much paint from the brush as possible. Do this by wiping from the handle towards the bristles, starting at the handle and working your way to the bristles. If you do it the other way around, you’ll damage the bristles and ruin your brush. If your brushes are unfortunately damaged, that’s a pity. Check out the accessories page for new brushes.

Take a glass of water, lightly dip the brush in the water. No need for stirring, stomping, or any other actions, as these are only harmful to your brushes. Then, take the towel and wipe over the bristles in the same way as in the first step.

Once your brush is almost not giving off any paint, rinse the last bit of paint in the sink. Using the stream of water and then the towel as in the first step, you can safely remove the last bits of paint from the brushes.


But you’re not done yet, artist!

As the title suggests, you’re not finished yet. There are a few small but very important steps left to ensure your brushes have a longer life!

After the bristles of your brush are clean, it’s necessary to dry them well and reshape the bristles, which can easily be done with your fingers and the towel. Do this very gently and carefully.

Allow the bristles to dry for a bit longer. Proper drying of the brushes ensures that if they are still watery, it doesn’t cause leaks on the new number you’re painting and go over the edges, which is damaging for the brushes and spoils the neatly filled spaces.

Once the brushes are dry, you can store them, continue painting, or pack up. We recommend that if you stop painting, keep the brushes upright with the bristles up!


Tips for cleaning your Paint by numbers brushes

Taking a break? Don’t leave the brushes in a cup of water with the bristles down, as this can severely damage the brushes, often making them unusable!
Reuse the towel. If your towel gets dirty after all the painting and cleaning, throw it in the wash, and voila, it’s clean! Is your artwork completely finished? Then you can use the towel for drying your hands, or for cleaning around the house =)

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