Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Brush Flush Paint Brush Cleaner

Brush Flush


The folks at Brush Flush kindly sent me an 8 ounce sample to try out. I'm always on the look out for new ways to keep equipment clean and the idea of an environmentally friendly product is appealing. Here is there homepage: http://www.brushflush.com/ . 

Features: 
  • Replaces all other brush cleaners (Including Solvent Based Cleaner)
  • Restores hardened bristles to original condition
  • Ecologically Safe
  • No Harsh chemicals and odor free (smells like pine sol) 
  • Safe for synthetic and natural bristle brushes
  • Non flammable formula
  • Available in 8, 32 and 128 ounces.

Directions:

  • To Clean Wet Brushes and Rollers
    • Pour a small amount of Brush Flush® into a container. Work Brush Flush® into paint-laden brush, roller or sponge and rinse with warm water. Repeat as necessary.
  • To Clean Hardened Brushes and Rollers
    • Totally immerse brush in Brush Flush® and allow to soak for several days, occasionally working the brush during this time. Continue soaking until bristles are completely softened. Rinse with warm water. Soak times for hardened brushes vary from several days to several weeks, depending on the type of coating and size of brush.
  • To Clean Air and Airless Sprayers
    • Clean when wet. Pour a small amount of Brush Flush® into the sprayer and run it through the sprayer. Rinse with warm water. Repeat if necessary. Lubricate unit.
  • Caution
    • Brush Flush® is safe and non-toxic, but as with all chemicals, should be used with care and kept out of the reach of children. In case of eye contact, flush eyes with plenty of cool water and seek medical attention immediately.

The Verdict:

"This product did an outstanding job cleaning paint brushes and equipment shortly after use." 



The chemicals in Brush Flush did an excellent job of removing all paint in the bristles. It worked equally well as a final wash for roller covers, roller pans, and tools. I diluted Brush Flush down to 1:10 to use it as a final rinse for equipment and I feel that I could have diluted it down to half that with the same success. I was a little too eager to see the results of trying to remove hardened paint. 



Paint hardened bristles:


Before (Notice small amounts of paint residue)
After (Still notice small amounts of paint residue)

Below are pictures of the set up. I did not have good success with cleaning hardened paint from the bristles. To be fair Brush Flush recommends soaking the brush for days and up to weeks and I only soaked the brush for 24 hours.  I currently have a Purdy brush soaking for an extended period for further testing. Below is a  Benjamin Moore 651-25 that has seen heavy use. Although there is still paint in the bristles the Brush Flush left the bristles feeling soft and flexible.

I used a zip lock bag and some neodymium magnets
to keep the brush flush on the bristles.  

Look at all that junk floating in the rinse water!!

Another use for neodymium maganets.

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