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Re: [BKARTS] cleaning brushes



How much thymol you use, say, per 1/4dup of adhesive?  Does anyone on
this list use nitrophenol as an antifungicide?

Dave Allen wrote:
> 
> Andrew,
> I must agree that I usually leave my starch paste and pva brushes
> soaking if I'll be using them the next day. I use boar bristle ones from
> Talas. In 5 years the ferrule rusted on one and I just bent myself a new
> copper one to replace it. I have had a small one and a 1 1/4 inch one
> now for 5 years and they haven't self destructed yet. I DO clean them
> thoroughly once a week and leave them in clean water over a weekend but
> I only dry them if I am going holiday for a week or so. I use thymol in
> the starch paste to prevent fungus growth.
> Dave
> 
> Pickafight Books wrote:
> > I have a question for you out there...
> >
> > I was told by an instructor that she leaves her brushes soaking almost
> > permanently in water she changes regularly.
> >
> > One advantage is never having to clean a stiffened dry brush but what
> > adverse effects are there on the brush? Is this a horrifically bad thing to
> > do? It sounds sensible in one respect but completely silly in another. I'm
> > not sure what rot or mould develops. I definitely want my brush sitting at
> > the bottom of my shower cubicle with the mould which is a constant battle in
> > the hot climate of Sydney summer...
> >
> > Cheers,
> >
> >
> > Andrew Williams
> > Pickafight Books
> > Stanmore NSW Australia
> >
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: Book_Arts-L [mailto:BOOK_ARTS-L@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx]On Behalf Of
> > Susan Lunas
> > Sent: Wednesday, 14 February 2007 03:30
> > To: BOOK_ARTS-L@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
> > Subject: [BKARTS] cleaning brushes
> >
> >
> > Hi, Peter,
> > A while back I learned a trick to clean out dried PVA from brushes that
> > works almost all of the time.  Simply place the bristles in  paste ( the
> > consistency of pudding or drier).  Check the bristles every day or so to
> > see if the PVA has softened-- and it will though it takes several days.
> > As the PVA softens, you can wash/rub it out.  Return the brush to the
> > paste fand repeat the cycle until the brush is clean.  This has worked
> > well for me on at least one brush where the dried PVA was several years old.
> >
> > Susie Lunas
> > Many Moons Book Conservation
> > Eugene, Oregon
> >
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