Then I began to take note of how many paint brushes I was throwing away on a regular basis. And of the paint brushes I retained, I noticed how many of them sported dried-out, crackly bristles--practically useless. Those "keepers" I only kept around for a few projects before tossing.
Then, one day, I tossed an inexpensive paint brush comb into my shopping basket as my favorite Big Box Home Improvement Store. I've used it ever since.
What Does a Paint Brush Comb Do?My paint brush comb has two cleaning areas: one side with short bristles much like those found on a vacuum cleaner roller, and a second side with large-toothed comb tines. I have yet to find a use for the fine bristles (sometimes I will brush off my paint brush handle), but the wide tines are valuable.
After I remove the bulk of the paint from my brush, I gently whisk in warm, soapy water, as is recommended by the brush manufacturer (polyester bristles). Next, under running water, I comb out the brush's bristles with the thick tines for about two minutes.
Every brush stroke allows the water to course between the bristles, pulling out even more paint.