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Old 06-10-2019, 07:26 PM   #1
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Quest For The Wire Brush


Wire brushing my brushes, I've noticed how many quickly drop their metal bristles. That you have to chase down and try to pick up, or leave behind. And then there's the rust...

Who makes a brush that actually holds no-rust bristles?
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Old 06-10-2019, 07:46 PM   #2
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i think Purdy makes a ss cleaning brush.

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I canít get the same wire brush two times in a row it seems like

I have had them with stainless steel bristles and, the plastic handled ones seem to not shed as bad

I Donít get a specific brand just whatever they have when I need one
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I’ve been happy with this one.

https://www.woosterbrush.com/brushes...ers-comb-1832/
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I stopped using wire brushes to clean paint brushes a while ago. For years I'd look at the flared filaments on my paint brushes and wondered WTF? Until I started looking at what I was cleaning them with..every wire brush gets narled & bent and I'm dragging em through my nice brushes. Unless it's a brand new wire brush and you're careful to only brush in the direction of the filaments, you'll end up ratting out a brush after a while. I spent the first 20 years using wire brushes. Now it's nylon scrub brushes and wire combs. Brushes tend to hold up much better much longer.
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The idea is to get whatever nearly dried paint accumulated at the ferrule of the brush gets loosened up during cleaning. What does it matter what accomplishes that? Old wire brush losing it? Buy a new one for next to nothing.
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I think I'm only on my 4th or 5th one in 7 years. That's pretty good!

I just use it to get the the dry line that forms about halfway up the bristles if you let it sit for too long.
Also, it can be good for getting the edges of a roller cover that gets gumballs.
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Plastic handled brushes seem to hold up the best.

Wire comb is my first step
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BTW, I'll usually buy a 3 pack of the small plastic handled brushes. One plastic, one brass, one stainless. Probably HD, but could be HF.
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I've only ever used that 3-pack for auto work. You can find virtually the same product at either HD or HF. They're also in the "hardware" section of dollar stores.

Actually, last time it was a 6-pack. 3 big, 3 little.

That tiny stainless jammy is one of my favorite tools. Still haven't really found a use for the plastic one.
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I've only ever used that 3-pack for auto work. You can find virtually the same product at either HD or HF. They're also in the "hardware" section of dollar stores.

Actually, last time it was a 6-pack. 3 big, 3 little.

That tiny stainless jammy is one of my favorite tools. Still haven't really found a use for the plastic one.
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Nothing better for asparagus than a plastic brush with a squirt of Fast Orange.
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I too find my slop sink with wire bristles laying in the bottom of it after cleaning brushes. My concern are the wires bristles getting down the drain and eventually clogging it.
The cheaper brushes with plastic handles seem to do better than the non rusting wire brushes, once they are bent out of shape just toss 'em.


In the summer months a wire brush is the only way to salvage a brush that has a build up of dried paint around the ferrule.
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I too find my slop sink with wire bristles laying in the bottom of it after cleaning brushes. My concern are the wires bristles getting down the drain and eventually clogging it.
The cheaper brushes with plastic handles seem to do better than the non rusting wire brushes, once they are bent out of shape just toss 'em.


In the summer months a wire brush is the only way to salvage a brush that has a build up of dried paint around the ferrule.
If you happen to be washing from a lawn spigot - there's bare foot potential.

Get what you're saying about the plastic although I recently got a plastic handled one that sheds and rusts. Its orange and an easy grip and that's about it.

I'll be trying the stainless purdy, as griz offered.

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I too find my slop sink with wire bristles laying in the bottom of it after cleaning brushes.
First sign of a cheap wire brush putting wire in your sink? Buy another one. $2.99. A wire brush is mainly to get off all the dried paint that has accumulated at the ferrule, before you use your hand and fingers to manually work out all the rest of the paint accumulated there. Using plastic gloves of course if cleaning out solvent paints.

A good trim brush worn in, taken care of, is a good thing. The bristles get just a little more stiff making it that much more precise when doing trim work.

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First sign of a cheap wire brush putting wire in your sink? Buy another one. $2.99. ....
Which is why to get one that lasts and doesn't need replacing for a long while. No need to replace near as much...


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A good trim brush worn in, taken care of, is a good thing. The bristles get just a little more stiff making it that much more precise when doing trim work.
Strongly agree. Have some several years old.
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Always go Purdy - best on the market IMO
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I bought what I thought was a brush cleaner. Turns out it was a comb for cats. Cleans brushes great!
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Iíve used the comb used for inspection of cats and dogs for fleas.

Fine metal, close together, works well.


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