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Dawn soap (not ultra) for washing brushes, etc.

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On a tip from an optician, I now wash my glasses with plain old Dawn (not Ultra).  It rinses off my plastic lenses leaving nothing behind.  I started washing paint (acrylic) brushes with it and they often squeak when I squeeze the water out.  Maybe some paint problems were caused by a residue from some detergent with about a dozen strange ingredients.

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On a tip from an optician, I now wash my glasses with plain old Dawn (not Ultra).  It rinses off my plastic lenses leaving nothing behind.  I started washing paint (acrylic) brushes with it and they often squeak when I squeeze the water out.  Maybe some paint problems were caused by a residue from some detergent with about a dozen strange ingredients.

....I have used mild dish soap, even the generic stuff from dollar stores to wash out brushes for years now. It  cleans out residue as you mention, and  freshens the brush once again.....great tip ......the Ace...:D

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I've also been using cheap dish soap as a brush cleaner/conditioner for a few decades. Started when I was painting home interiors. I still have some of the original brushes I bought that long ago and the bristles are still clean and in great shape. The cheap stuff is great for water based paints. For the oil based paints, I'd clean them, usually with the "ultra" type first, then again with the cheap stuff. About the only brush maintenance I have to do is trimming off the random stray bristle to reshape them.

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Dawn is an excellent degreaser and it's in the first step when I build a model. "Wash all non-chrome parts in Dawn".

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I generally try to wash my hands in a degreaser before I start any modeling-building sessions...keeps the parts cleaner (thanks Art Anderson)

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I generally try to wash my hands in a degreaser before I start any modeling-building sessions...keeps the parts cleaner (thanks Art Anderson)

I wear the nitrile gloves from Harbor Freight for that.

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