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How to Clean Acrylic Eggshell Enamel Off of a Brush

Updated February 21, 2017

Enamel paint is composed of a solvent (water, oil or latex), a pigment and a polymer that acts as a binder to the paint. Enamel is a hard-surfaced paint commonly used by high quality paint brands, spray paints and floor coatings to produce a high gloss finish. Acrylic eggshell enamel paint is water-based, making it easy to clean and remove with just the use of water and few common household items.

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  1. Wipe excess acrylic eggshell enamel paint onto the painted surface.

  2. Hose the brushes off outside. Run the hose on the brushes until the water runs clear.

  3. Rinse the brush off in the sink using warm water and liquid dishwashing soap.

  4. Dry the brush using a soft cloth. Pat the brush to remove any remaining soap or water.

  5. Tip

    Don't rinse brushes filled with paint in household sinks. Paint will clog the drains and pipes. Brushes should first be rinsed outside to remove as much excess paint as possible.

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Things You'll Need

  • Hose
  • Liquid dishwashing soap
  • Soft cloth

About the Author

Diana Braun began her writing career as a consultant and technical writer for a software company focusing on how-to, training, white paper, and internal process documentation. After two years, Braun left to pursue her entrepreneurial dreams. Since then, she has launched several startups including a t-shirt business, an online marketing and advertising t-shirt distribution business, and an entertainment site. She currently resides in South Florida.

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