Godfrey's Guide to Cling On! brushes
How to use and store your Cling On!
Always wet your Cling On! brush before use. The fine filaments absorb the water and this allows your paint to flow beautifully onto your project. Just dip the brush into water and shake off the excess.
Don't cover the ferrule or the strings when dipping your Cling On! in the paint.
Always keep the Cling On!'s feet wet during coats. Don't put it in a bag or clingfilm because the paint will dry onto the bristles and it will damage them.
Once you have finished painting, rinse the excess paint from the brush, then hang it with its feet in water and the remaining paint will simply fall away.
For storage, either use a Cling On! brush keeper or, if you don't have one of these, just place the Cling On! in a jar of water and suspend it with a clip making sure the filaments don't rest on the bottom and the water doesn't cover the ferrule or the strings (if applicable). Change the water regularly. Remove any excess water before starting your next project.
If you are not going to be using your brush again for a long time, allow it to suspend in the water for a few days. Clean it in warm soapy water, rinse it with clean water and hang it up to dry with the filaments hanging down.
Never remove the strings: they are there for a reason, and that's to keep the shape of the brush. (Confession: the first one I bought, I cut the string off — I thought they were part of the packaging! 😉)
Which Cling On! Brush for which job?
Cling On! brushes come in a good variety of shapes and sizes. It's best to choose the appropriate brush for the type of piece you are painting, but it's also down to personal preference and the brushes that you feel most comfortable with.
In all instances, no matter what your project is, it's best to choose the size of brush most appropriate to the job in hand. As Godfrey always says... you wouldn't dig your garden with a dinner fork, and likewise you wouldn't eat your dinner with a spade.
Cling On! brushes come in oval (O series), round (R series), flat (F series), shorty (S Series), and angled (P Series).
Read more about Cling On! brushes and what makes them special.