This week’s Ask the Craftsman question comes from Lorrel.
“I’ve lost my paint brush cover and now the bristles get all wiry after cleaning. Any suggestions?”
The paint brush cover, or husk, is an important piece of any paint brush. It helps the brush maintain its shape when it dries and protects it when you need to transport it to and fro.
Unfortunately, these get lost or wear out quickly and soon you’re left with a good brush that has no protection. Your brush won’t be effective long after its cover is gone unless you find a suitable replacement.
There are consumer products meant to replace your paint brush cover like The Paint Brush Cover which work just fine but sometimes you don’t need to go out and buy yet one more thing.
When the husks run out in my shop, we use old toilet paper rolls. Just flatten out the roll and you have a perfect fit for a 2″ brush which is the most versatile brush in my opinion.
It may sounds too cheap and corny, but sometimes there is no need for an expensive solution when a free one will do just fine.
Less waste, no extra money and a longer life for your brush!