Extend The Life of Paint Brush Keeper
Don't let a wet brush accelerate the deterioration of your brush keeper
Have you ever tried to put a paint brush keeper (the cardboard cover the brush comes packed in when purchased) back on the brush after you've cleaned it, only to fall apart in your hands?
If you have, try this tip to extend the life of the keeper as much as possible.
There's really not much to it, as it is a simple process using masking tape (regular, or blue "painter's" tape), or even "duck" tape (the insulating tape) to wrap around the keeper. As you can see in the following pictures, I simply wrapped the entire keeper in blue masking tape. I applied an extra strip at the seams (folds) to ensure more durability.
It's probably not the prettiest wrapping job you've ever seen, but it certainly works for me. I've gotten a lot more use out of the all-important paint brush keeper than I ever thought possible.
The reason the keeper is so important, is that it protects the brush as well as firmly holding the bristles in place to retain it's flat consistency. This, in turn, ensures more consistent application of paint and use for years to come.
If you're new to painting and haven't done this yet with your keepers, you might want to go ahead and get it done early, and get it out of the way.
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