Last but not least, take a sopping wet rag and tie the Paint Brush up like the burrito you forgot to wrap up earlier. This will buy you some time before you can either use the paintbrush again or clean it properly. If you’re looking for more tips, Infinity Painting has it for you.
Another option for keeping the Paint Brush moist until the next paint coat is applied (but not for too long) is to leave it in the container, wrap it in plastic, stick the handle out the top, and tape it around the can. This looks a lot like the Maxwell House Coffee Container from earlier. If plastic and masking tape are still unavailable, and the time between coats is short, drape the sopping wet rag over the top of the paint bucket, still containing the Paint Brush. When using Latex waterborne paints, this approach works best.
If your paintbrush has hardened, there are a few things you can do. Don’t use a wire brush to remove dried caked-on paint without first softening it, as this will damage the bristles while also failing to remove the paint completely. Even if the dried paint was a Latex, soak it in the Maxwell House container of Lacquer Thinner. Using a long-handled BBQ-style steel wire brush, brush out the paint as it begins to loosen in the bristles. Getting dried paint out of bristles and learning how to remove it properly is an important part of Paint Brush Care and Maintenance. When it’s not being used. Lacquer Thinners are used to strip latex and alkyd paints. Depending on how much paint was dried into the painting method, this can require many applications and soaking time. Once washed, store it properly by wrapping it in the plastic mentioned earlier. This cleaning can be done outside on a heavy canvas drop cloth that can also be allowed to dry.