Brush tubs are wonderful painting tools and brush cleaning devices. Used properly, they will help you clean your brushes quickly and thoroughly, keeping them in top working condition. Loew-Cornell®’s Brush Tub® II is a newer model of the original Brush Tub® and features a longer cleaning area helpful for large size brushes.
Tips for using your Brush Tub
– Your brush tub has 3 chambers – fill each with about 2″ of water. During painting, keep one of the small sides completely clean with fresh water for dressing the brush, the other small section is for “swish rinsing” and the large section with the ribs is for thorough cleaning especially at the end of your painting session.
– Use the ribs by pulling the brush one direction only (low to high) up the ribs. Then turn the brush over and do the same on the other side. The brush should make contact with the ribs on or as close to the ferrule as possible to help vibrate paint out of this area. Going back and forth across the ribs will ruin the brush and cause the hair to flare. With smaller brushes do not be over zealous on the ribs – a couple of gentle pulls will do the trick. The ribs are especially useful for cleaning large-sized brushes.
– In between the 2 small sections are brush rests to keep brushes suspended in water without crushing the bristles and the holes around the outside edge are for standing brushes.
– After cleaning, blot your brushes on a white paper towel. The water imprint should be clear. If any color shows, your brushes are still not clean. (Note: Some filaments, particulary white nylon, may stain from certain pigments.)
– Dry the handles of your brushes completely after cleaning. This small step can help prevent the build-up of moisture around the ferrule/handle attachment, which can cause the paint to crack and ferrule to loosen.