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Old 01-21-2008, 12:16 PM   #1
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help me discover a homemade paint thinner!
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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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Old 01-21-2008, 06:28 PM   #2
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hmm... Peroxide, vodka, some strong cleaning solvent.
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Old 01-21-2008, 11:27 PM   #3
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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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Old 01-22-2008, 12:46 AM   #4
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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.
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Old 01-22-2008, 05:23 AM   #5
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soap and water always worked for me.
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Old 01-22-2008, 09:12 PM   #6
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I've heard of people using olive oil, the only thing is if you paint with it it kinda taints the color
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