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      CommentAuthorNick
    • CommentTimeJun 5th 2009
     
    For years I've used a simple formula to mix up a "super solvent" that dissolves almost any finish. I use it primarily as a brush cleaner, but it can also be used a a paint stripper, degreaser, wood surface conditioner, cleaner, even as a brush reconditioner. Take a brush that has been abused in the most horrific ways -- improperly cleaning, dried-on finish, water-boarding -- and let it soak in the super solvent for a day oy two. Then simply comb out the old finish from the bristles, wash the bristles in soap and water, and wrap them tightly with newsapaper and masking tape. After the water dries, the bristles will be clean and straight. Here's the formula;

    2 parts tolulol (or xylol)
    1 part acetone
    1 part denatured alcohol

    With all good wishes,
    Nick
    • CommentAuthorBeeg
    • CommentTimeJun 5th 2009
     
    GREAT TIP Nick. AND a money saver too. I won't have to buy brush cleaner now. Thank You.


    Now which parts of each do we use??? :)
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    Where can you purchase acetone? I thought it was a chemical only used in chemistry classes.
    BPR
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    Try Home Depot, Lowes, Ace Hardware... any place that has a paint department and carries paint removers, etc.
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      CommentAuthorjoedw00
    • CommentTimeJun 6th 2009
     
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    What about tolulol (or xylol)? I've never even heard of them before. Do you get them at paint departments, also?
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      CommentAuthorNick
    • CommentTimeJun 7th 2009
     
    I buy my toloul and xylol (also known as tolulene and xylene) -- and acetone and alcohol -- all from my local Ace Hardware. Neat, no ice.

    With all good wishes,
    Nick
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      CommentAuthorStick
    • CommentTimeSep 11th 2014
     
    Recipe for Fornby's or Hope's furniture stripper

    Equal parts of acetone, methanol (wood alcohol), methylene chloride and tolulene