Rated 4.3 out of 5 by 21
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by DIYinUT Doesn't Work as Advertised
I had some brushes from a recent kitchen remodel that could use some extra cleaning so I used those as a baseline. the outcome wasn't as great or good as i had hoped. the paint used was latex.
the brush still had some paint in the bristles, still usable but a little stiff. the instructions state to but the brushes in for 20 minutes. after 20 minutes I removed the brushes and massaged the bristles as prescribed. this didn't really do much for the brush or the bristles. in the end i let the brush soak for well over 4 hours, with regular changing of the solution and rinsing
The product technically worked but the results were marginal at best. The amount of time and effort i put into cleaning the brushes would have been better spent just going and buying new brushes. which is why i gave this only 2 stars.
December 24, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Nate Inexpensive Refresh For Brush
I tried this on a couple of older brushes used for latex paint.
I soaked them in the solution for about 30 minutes. After that I used a paint comb and a scrub brush to get out as much paint as possible.
The brushes where about 90% as good as new after cleaning.
See the before and after pictures.
June 16, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Pappy Soft, clean brush without harsh chemicals
I must admit that I was skeptical over the "like new" claim. But the results are very near to that mark! I took three of my favorite brushes that I have used on three large projects and that I had previously cleaned the best that I could with thinners. They appeared fairly clean but were stiff from residue and some leftover paint. I poured about 6 oz into a glass jar and set the brushes in to soak for 3 hrs. The instructions say "at least 20 minutes" but I thought longer would do a better job. After soaking, I did as instructed and ran a plastic, coarse brush through the bristles to work the solution into the residue paint. This made a foamy like froth appear on the brush. Then I placed the brush under running warm water and combed the bristles with an old mustache plastic comb. Then I finished by rubbing the brush under running water for about a minute. I wrapped them to dry and then "fluffed" them by stroking them with my hand. To my surprise they were soft and shiny, nearly like new! Another positive note is that the solution has almost no scent and is not harsh to your skin. In fact, it feels only a slightly bit oily but not offensively so. This is a much "user friendly" way to clean up your brushes!
January 10, 2014
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Termie Good, but doesn't work miracles
I had three paint brushes that had been thoroughly used while repainting my home, and all were in bad shape. One was hard as a rock, and all three were terribly stained by paint, despite thorough rinsing with water and even the use of highly-caustic goo remover that smelled up the whole house. I was hoping PaintErase would work miracles, but the truth is it did not. That being said, it did restore the brushes to usable condition.
The photos I've included really say more than I can say in words. In short, PaintErase worked as a brush softener, but it simply did not work to actually remove paint stains, and to a certain extent it was unable to separate bristles that were stuck together with paint. Yes, it will make brushes usable again that have been ruined by hardening, and that's all it claims to do if you read the description carefully (ignoring the somewhat inaccurate product name). To its credit, PaintErase is not caustic, has no foul odor, and does not irritate the eyes or nose. Note that I soaked each brush in PaintErase for 30-60 minutes, which is longer than required according to the instructions.
If you have a number of paint brushes that are currently unusable that you'd like to restore to usable condition, buy this. Otherwise, just buy a new brush.
January 5, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by farmgirl95602 Don't Throw That Paint Brush Away!
It says pour over brush, rub in, and wash off for wet paint. It also says that on stubborn paint in a brush, which I had, to put in zip lock bag with 1/4 cup and let set for 20 minutes; rub in and wash off. Well, I rubbed while in the bag and saw that 20 minutes was not going to do the job. So I continued with directions and left for another 20 minutes. Two of the brushes cleaned out nicely after the 40 minutes; the third brush, red handled, had taken more abuse than the before picture actually shows and was really coated in paint. I had spent 4 days painting my fascia boards and the paint really coated the bristles about an inch from the handle because I was below the fascia and the paint ran down towards the handle. I left it in the bag overnight figuring I would have to throw the paint brush away. When I got home from work, I got the bag with the original 1/4 cup of solution and the last brush out. Rubbed the brush in the bag. Then took it out and rubbed the paint toward the end of the bristles. I had to use my fingernails (could have used a putty knife) and the paint started rolling out of and off of the bristles and the metal frame. No, it's not as clean as the other big brush, but instead of being thrown away, it will live to paint another day.
September 6, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by BeckyS My new favorite thing
If you're anything like me, it seems like we always have a painting project going on in one room or another. My least favorite part of painting is always the cleanup. My laziness and dread of cleaning brushes has caused me to ruin more than a few brushes. I was so glad to get this paintbrush cleaner. I've used it on brushes covered in both latex and oil paints. It cuts cleaning time in half and uses less water. I'm all for any product that makes my life easier. You can't beat the price and the results it achieved. A new must have in our house!
February 1, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by spencer Really does the job, a more controlled dispenser would be great though
This stuff works great, does exactly as it claims. Being that I have plenty of brushes I use for things besides paint, I thought I'd try it on a horsehair brush I use to apply shoe polish, as it was covered in black and I needed to use brown but didn't have another brush. The bristle are actually a medium brown but the whole brush was, of course, black from the shoe polish, caked on from a couple years of use. This stuff stripped all the shoe polish off and left me with soft bristles in the original medium brown color, its like a practically new brush! It's also not stinky, it has only a very mildy, citrusy scent. The only thing I would improve is add a 'squirt' cap - this stuff has the consistency of water and no controlled application method.
February 21, 2014
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Painters1953 Takes some work
Generally I use dawn and warm water to rinse the brushes but I did try this just to see what it could do on dried on paint. A little more soaking than 20 minutes is required, and multiple times, but it does work and the best part is that it is safer and easier on hands and brushes than laquer thinner.
It says to use on rollers but I surmise it would cost you a ton of money and not really worth it. Even on a professional job site we wrap and then toss rollers at the end of the job.
January 6, 2014