Oil Paint Brush Cleaning System

Looking for a fast efficient and
affordable way to clean your art oil brushes in this video right here I’m gonna show
you how I made my own cleaning bucket for your oil paints out there coming at
you right now! Hey it’s me it’s Wild coming at you from my creative control playlist where I bring you the best tips and tricks and in this video right here
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you’re an avid Bob Ross or Bill Alexander admire just like myself
you’ve probably paint in the wet on wet style and if you do you most certainly
have had to clean your brush a time or two now if you watch bob ross and the
way he cleans his brushes he actually uses a very effective slap method which
he kind of trademarked as beat in the devil at it it works extremely well
unfortunately it has one big drawback to it and just beat the devil out of them
you see when you slap the brush and you release all of that vapor into the air
you have the option of breathing that in and that is a big no-no on the health
concerns even though painting has made leaps and
bounds and actual technology of how the pigment and binder are much healthier in
this day and age the thinners are still toxic and the vapors that they release
into the air are bad for you and your body
now I don’t want to scare you because if you paint in a well-ventilated room or
if you have a door or a window open you’re quite fine don’t worry about it
but for a lot of us we paint in a smaller room so I wanted to show you
what I created to help contain a lot of the vapors so they don’t spoil your body
and harm it but allow you to clean your brushes quite effectively easily and
it’s the most affordable way I have found to clean your brushes let’s go
over to my workbench and let’s go ahead and take a look for our supplies we’re
gonna need paint cans small paint can for small paint brushes big paint can
for big paint brushes next we’re gonna need chicken wire I recommend picking
this up at Home Depot or Lowe’s it only cost a couple pennies and you only need
about one square foot next you’re going to need either really strong shears or
wire snips the inside of a wire snip is the part you’re gonna be cutting with so
make sure you get something that’s gonna be able to fit in between the chicken
wire next we’re going to need some bolts washers and nuts and you will have to
measure these up depending on the chicken wire you get because this will
be fitting through the squares on the chicken wire and it’ll also depend on
how deep you want your great to be sitting off the bottom of the can we
want to create a circle out of our chicken wire and to do that basically
throw your can up and go around as its mocked up by sitting on top there use
the wire snips to cut out a basic shape be very careful when you start cutting
some of the poked ends are very sharp so go a little slow but you can muscle
pretty much your way through this pretty quickly now that we have a basic shape
that’s gonna fit inside of our can that’s gonna act as our great we have to
give our great some little legs to stand on so that way it’s not sitting on the
bottom of the can to achieve this we’re gonna use a combination of bolts washers
and nuts just to let you know depending on the bolts that you get in the size
and the length you may not need washers you generally need washers if you’re
gonna use a bigger bucket but I just want to show you all the supplies you’re
gonna need you’re gonna need three pairs which includes four one leg one bolt two
washers and two nuts lay your washer on top of the grate and stick your bolt
through the washer and through one of the corners of the square sections on
the chicken wire then thread the other washer through and take the spare nut
and thread it through to get it nice and tight and when you have it all threaded
through this is what’s going to create one of the legs that this grate will
stand on repeat this two more times on opposite corners of the grate when you
have completed the process it should look something like this give it a nice
little Bend that way it’ll arc a little bit for your paintbrushes and also allow
easy access into the paint can just push it in may require a little bit of muscle
and just lay it flat with the bolts touching the bottom of the
and depending on the bolts that you pick your great will be sitting about an inch
to an inch 1/2 off the bottom of the can now all we need to do is just add paint
thinner to it and we’ve got a perfect bucket for cleaning our brushes take
your favorite odorless paint thinner and pour it into the cans so the thinner
sits just a few millimeters above the grate now we get to see this bad boy in
action I’m gonna take a little bit of phthalo blue and work it really good
into the ends of these bristles and get a nice even coating just like if you
were gonna use it for actual use on a canvas take your dirty brush and
gingerly take it across the grate that we created this will allow the paint
thinner to get into the bristles and pull that pigment out and let it sit on
the bottom of the can as you pull the paint brush out beat it along the sides
like you would beat the devil but this way all the paint thinner and vapors are
contained on the inside when you pull it out you can take off a little extra
paint thinner by you know using the side of the can and use the paper towel
method to squeeze and pull out all the remaining pigment that might have sat
inside that brush just basically squeeze wiggle and pull and then you can tap out
the remaining color and you’re good to go and use this brand new clean brush
one reason I like to use the paint can is because you can use the lid to
contain the actual spirits and the vapors for when you’re not using it but
if you want above and beyond bro tip I recommend grabbing a loose rag that
you’re not going to need and a rubber band and you can put the rag on top and
put the rubber band around it and pull up a little bit on one corner so this
way when you need to reach in to paint and just pull the flap back of the rag
dip your paintbrush in clean it off and then put the rag down this will help
contain some of the paint thinner in there the vapors that would come off and
this is a really good tip for somebody who might be painting in a not so
well-ventilated area now this is a great way to clean off your brushes you know
between the can the chicken wire the bolt and the paint thinner you know you
can make this for under 20 bucks in fact the actual bucket and every
to clean it out with actually only cost me $5 now there is a great alternative
out there that I want to show you this is the Bob Ross cleaning system this is
what I would recommend if you’re actually an avid painter and you want to
take it to us step up I will do a full product review on this later because I
actually think it’s actually a really cool system
it comes with a beater rack a smaller beater brush the paint thinner all you
basically do is drop it into a waste paper basket and you’re good to go but
it’s not kind of the same thing that I did with my bucket where you know you
can actually put a lid or you could put a rag on it to actually contain in all
of vapors but this is really cool I will do a product review at this later but if
you guys want to upgrade right now I will put a link in the description below
of where you can grab this app now just a quick note this wasn’t a full tutorial
on how to actually effectively clean your paint brushes I will do another
video on that later because a lot of people ask me what’s the best way to
clean your paint brushes and trust me I’m working on the video give me some
time because I see a lot of people do it wrong and I actually did it wrong when I
first started out so stay tuned for that hey thank you all for watching hopefully
you learned something and if you do build one of those buckets go ahead and
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take care peace


  • Wild4Games

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  • Michael Talbot

    Just a quick one on the chemistry have you ensured that the combination of thinners oils and the metals of the bolts washer etc don't react to form a toxic vapour that builds up or is given of over time?

  • DPikel 93

    I use one similar to this. I have the Bob Ross Kit, I pour paint thinner into a big empty coffee container with the screen at the bottom (fits perfect).

  • TheNortheastAl

    Great video, Wild. Just wanted to clarify one point. The Chicken Wire screen you used is not actually Chicken Wire. It is called Hardware Cloth. An odd sounding thing, but that is what it is. The reason I know is that I raised chickens and used Hardware a cloth to enclose their run.

  • Javier Rivera

    Great videos!!! They have helped me a lot

  • Mitch Wasserman

    I use something similar, but use a larger home depot 5 gallon bucket with a six inch wide galvanized metal paint roller grid at the bottom. For beating the brush I screwed a pvc pipe section into the sides of another 5 gal bucket.

  • RonyaTV

    I build something similar but not with wires but with the thing you use when painting your home. You know, where you roll the paintroll to get rid of too much paint. That has meshes too. Works awesome in a 1 liter bucket which previously contained rice pudding 😛

  • CB Outdoors

    Thanks Wild love your vids keep up the good work and high quality vids!!!!!

  • Josh Ford

    I used the same bucket but placed the Bob Ross round screen in the bottom. It fit well and seems to work. I place the lid gently on top when I'm not cleaning the brush during painting to prevent the vapors. Also less likely to spill if I bump it. Another great video. Thanks

  • Mike D.

    Damn homie, good video but tighten your game up. That was a 2 minute video painfully stretched out to 8 minutes!

  • Trucker Daddy - AKA John in Québec

    Did you review and do an unpacking of the bob ross brush cleaning system?

  • Trucker Daddy - AKA John in Québec

    The slap brush technique still doesn't get my brush dry.
    I found a bottle at an art shop with a screen built in.
    I use a rag instead of slapping.
    But I still need a supply of Dry brushes, so I wash my brush with dish soap and let dry.
    You cannot blend with a oily brush. What do you think?

  • Chris Morrell

    How do I clean my Bob Ross brushes once I'm finished painting for the day ?

  • Gh0sT

    bro where is the full product review on the bob ross cleaning system bro?

  • chris cardenas

    I just use a house painters two gallon bucket grid and a one gallon paint can. I shaped and bent the grid into a circle that fits in the gallon can with about a three inch clearance from the bottom (you can literally cut and bend the grid into any position you need) then I fill it about an inch above the top of the grid with thinner. After I dip my dirty brush in the thinner and run it back and forth across the grid a few times I lift the brush so the bristles are not dipping into the thinner and hold the round handle between the palms of my hands and just "rub" my palms back and forth against each other and it spins all the thinner (or whatever cleaner you use) completely out. The excess thinner spins out of the bristles and down the inside wall of the gallon can back into the rest of the thinner. The brush comes out dryer than beating the devil out of it or using a rag or paper towel to dry it. When I am done with a painting session
    I just put the lid on the gallon can and the next day all the sediment has settled to the bottom and the thinner is like new. You can literally use the same thinner for weeks until you feel its time to clean the sediment from the can. I use a big empty plastic cat litter jug for the dirty thinner. After a few days all the sediment from the dirty thinner you removed from the can will settle to the bottom and you can reuse the clean thinner on top. I am able to use the same thinner for months.

  • Since

    Beating the devil out of it is more fun

  • artist nikhil nikhil art academy

    When we do oil painting we can wet our brush with water it is convenient to use water in oil painting

  • Dennis Abdelhamid

    Have you ever had a chance to review the Bob Ross cleaning system? Thanks!

  • Ken VanDeWalker

    When cleaning your brushes which is best to use, turpentine or linseed oil. if linseed oil would you use raw linseed oil, boiled linseed oil or low voc linseed oil. They sell all these brands at Home Depot. I have painted in acrylics but never oils. Also after cleaning in first wash would you recommend rinsing in a second clear cleaner? Have saved many of your vids so far and think they are great.

  • Brendan Partington

    What do you condition your oil paint brushes with

  • paleharbour

    I use the Bob Ross bucket and and grid for cleaning the brushes. It says on the bucket not to use the container as a permanent storage unit for the thinner. Does that mean that you have to empty the thinner into another container when you have finished painting ?

  • Jenny Lopez

    THANKKK YOU! Going to set this up today!

  • Daniel Emmer

    Sorry, as an avid wet on wet painter, using chicken wire is a terrible way to clean your brushes, as the sharp edges and corners of the wire eat away your brush tips and in a short period of time, your brush becomes unusable and about 1/2 the size. It also has a "rounding" effect on the edges of the brush as you go. If you can find an alternative that is coated in plastic and keeps the brush whole, you would be much better off.

  • Channel 69

    Can I use a chicken wire with smaller holes? And Is gamsol good for cleaning my brush?

  • Rhyannon P

    what about a coffee can and a plastic lid, is that safe?


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