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Old 05-11-2012, 11:49 AM
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Lately this thought have been coming to mind, there has to be a way to save and reuse brushes after they have been used to apply resins (Epoxy resins in my case) on the molds or projects. Does anyone know of any thinners or any other cleaners that will cut resins off from brushes, clean then so they could be reused again n again instead of chucking them in bin after 1 use....
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Old 05-11-2012, 12:06 PM
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I have a tall jar with about 2" of denatured alcohol in the bottom. I just squeeze the end of the brush with a paper towel to remove the excess resin and put it in the jar and swiish it around. I just store the brishs in the jar. Ipull it out about 10 minutes before I expect to use to let it dry off. You can use acetone too but it will get really stinky and rotton smelling. The denatured alcohol works just as well but doesn't get the stink.

Viniger also works well for cleaning up resin and is safe for most paints that are on parts.

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Old 05-11-2012, 12:36 PM
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I buy cheap brushes in bulk packets. throw them away after use. Cheaper than the thinners necessary to clean them.

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Default RE: Brush cleaners from resins

I used to do that as well until I just started to soak them. 2" of denatured alcohol in the bottom of jar lasts for a month in my production setting. Last year I spent $45 in bulk brushes by cleaning them. The year before I spent $190 by going disposable. I didn't go through a gallon of denatured alcohol ($17) by cleaning them. Maybe for the occassional user it wouldn't matter much. In a production setting the savings is far worth it.
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I buy cheap brushes in bulk packets. throw them away after use. Cheaper than the thinners necessary to clean them.

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Been doing that Ed but seeing these perfectly nice re-usable brushes going into bit after 1 use, i like to save them if i can and least use them few times each.....
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Old 05-11-2012, 01:33 PM
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wyowindworks,

I'll try ur denatured alcohol technique and see if can save these cheapos even to use few times b4 chucking them...
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Old 05-12-2012, 10:19 AM
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I use the alcohol method too but I clip them so the end of the brush is off the bottom of the container. The epoxy slides of the brush and accumulates and sets up in the bottom of the jar.
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Put them in the freezer. Takes a few minutes of brushing to thaw them out, but the freezer stops the curing process cold.
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I have used the alcohol technique but does not work very well.
So now I have been using a little lacquer thinner straight from the can, drop the brushes inside fro a few minutes then hand clean. Works great. Been re-using my brushes many times over.
Works on laminating resin, epoxy, fiber glass polyester.

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