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#1 EcchiSketchie



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Posted January 21 2008 - 04:16 AM

So after two years of sitting on my ass, twiddling my thumbs, I decide to pick up a paint brush again. Got my easil, paint, canvas, idea, the works...
I finish the background, think to myself "okay, I'll let this dry, because to do the fine touches I'm going to be touching my hand to the canvas [newb-alert]"
I gather my brushes and such to clean them, and realize ever-so dramatically, that I am without paint thinner... and it's 3:30 in the morning.
So my question here is, "IS there a homemade version of paint thinner for oil paints?"
I know my brushes are probably screwed tonight, but if this ever happens again, damn.
That and the closure.
I need the closure.
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#2 Beckner420



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Posted January 21 2008 - 10:28 AM

hmm... Peroxide, vodka, some strong cleaning solvent.

#3 EcchiSketchie



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Posted January 21 2008 - 03:27 PM

Vodka eh?
Well, what I ended up doing to soaking the brushes in hot water and rubbing alcohol, then the next day used a grease cutting soap on them.
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#4 turmoil



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Posted January 21 2008 - 04:46 PM

You could always keep the brushes in stand or linseed oil until you could purchase solvent. I'd guess even a cooking oil would work.

#5 zenloki



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Posted January 21 2008 - 09:23 PM

soap and water always worked for me.
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#6 Magical Fire Lady

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Posted January 22 2008 - 01:12 PM

I've heard of people using olive oil, the only thing is if you paint with it it kinda taints the color