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General Pencil Masters Brush Cleaner & Preserver, 1 Pack, Clear
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52 Reddit comments about General Pencil Masters Brush Cleaner & Preserver, 1 Pack, Clear:

u/_Ritual · 22 pointsr/Warhammer40k
u/scarecr0w14 · 15 pointsr/Warhammer40k

Hear him Op! Hear him very well!

You need to get some of this stuff in your life. This stuff is a necessity for mini painters and it will pay for itself.

Masters brush cleaner

u/Bowgs · 8 pointsr/Warhammer40k

Master's Brush Cleaner is absolute magic. Try to keep the paint away from the ferule, don't store your brushes on their tips, and don't rub them on the bottom of your water container.

u/SonorousSonambulist · 7 pointsr/StarWarsArmada

Just dive right in. I had never painted miniatures prior to Armada. I've found it to be much easier than I was expecting. It really doesn't take long before your results start to surprise you. A couple of tips:


  • Use acrylic hobby paints (trusted brands include Vallejo, Citadel, and Army Painter). I only have experience with Citadel but by all accounts the other manufacturers are equivalent in quality. I'd go with whatever is readily available at your local game store or art supply store.

  • Choose a good brush (in person, if possible). Army Painter and Citadel make great brushes that should be stocked by your FLGS. Local art supply stores should additionally carry brushes made by Winsor & Newton. You'll want a size Small brush (Citadel and Army Painter) or a size 0 brush (W&N) for detail work. Focus on picking out a brush which has a good, sharp tip on it. Avoid brushes which have strands splaying outward - this is why I recommend picking up a brush in person. You should also pick up a larger brush for basecoating (size Medium for Citadel/Army Painter or size 2 for W&N).

  • Try not to let paint soak up more than halfway up the bristle. Your brushes shouldn't be saturated with paint, you only need a little ink at the tip. If your brush does soak up too much paint you should clean the paint out in your cup of rinse water. Otherwise you risk the paint drying where the bristles meet the handle which can ruin your brush's clean tip.

  • Pick up The Masters Brush Cleaner and use it to thoroughly clean your bristles after every painting session. It's inexpensive will help your new brushes last a long time.

  • Use a wet palette to both help thin your paints (more on this below) and to help ensure your paint doesn't dry before its applied. Mine consists of a shallow tupperware container with a wet paper towel lining the bottom topped with parchment paper. Cheap, easy, and quick to make.


  • Don't apply the paint directly to the model from the bottle. Model paint is designed to be diluted - usually with water - before application. This means when you do apply paint you'll usually need to apply two to three diluted coats of paint rather than one single coat of thick paint. As a rule of thumb the paint should have the runniness/consistency of milk before you paint with it. This adds some time to your process but the results are inarguably better. This video helps illustrate why.

  • A nice benefit of thinning your paints is that mistakes don't show up as vividly and can be covered back up with ease. I make tons of mistakes when I paint. Simply paint over the happy little accident with your base coat and move on.

  • For additional tips, the Warhammer Youtube channel has tons of helpful tutorials on painting. A lot of the mystery of painting is taken away when you can actually follow along step-by-step.

  • /r/Minipainting also has lots of tips/inspiration. If you have Facebook join one of the many Minipainting groups for similar tips/inspiration.

    If I think of anything else I'll edit my reply. I hope this is helpful. Please be sure to share your painted squads when your are done with them!
u/SvedishFish · 7 pointsr/Warhammer40k

Yeah, I think that's your culprit then. Treat yourself and get one of these:

And I recommend this for brush cleaning and care:

These days, I'm a firm believer that you'll do a better job with a good brush and cheap paint than you would with premium paint and an average brush.

u/Chevy_Fett · 6 pointsr/Warhammer40k

I’d take small scissors and cut any frayed/split bristles.

They I’d recondition it, you can use hair conditioner, but I swear by this for my brushes.

You can always try to get the straightness back by wrapping it right in thread or twine, like start at the base and wrap around tight until the tip is barely showing. Then get it wet (water and more conditioner/brush preserver) they let it dry on its own. The thread should allow the liquid to get to the brush while maintaining the straightness.

u/Serneum · 5 pointsr/zombicide

Reaper makes Learn to Paint kits. I've used them to reinforce some of what I've learned at local painting meetups and I've liked them. I ended up grabbing a large Army Painter paint set and then had a wet palette and a Winsor & Newton brush recommended to me from a Zombicide painting group. They also pointed me to a head-mounted light/magnifying glass and some brush soap.

u/InspiralCoalescence · 5 pointsr/Warhammer40k

I saw a lot of people online recommending The Master's Brush Cleaner and Preserver. I got the following and it does a good job of prolonging the life of brushes. Basically looks like a little pot of soap that you swirl your brush in. I paid about £10 for the 2.5 oz pot.

u/-BreakingPoint0 · 5 pointsr/minipainting

I use Windsor and Newton Series 7 size 2 for all my painting needs. Have been for a year and a half or so and the tip is still as pointy as if it was new. I highly recommend getting yourself some Masters cleaner as well:

That is what I use and it has kept my brush in tip top shape. I also don't use my expensive brush for intense work, such as dry brushing, oil washing, and putting paint onto the palette.

u/poerisija · 5 pointsr/minipainting

Get this stuff, and use it to clean your brushes after every painting session. You won't regret it. Best brush cleaning product EVER.

u/mctyler72 · 5 pointsr/SWlegion

Have you tried "The Masters" brush cleaner? I use it after every session. And yeah cleaning every couple of minutes during painting helps especially if you aren't thinning your paints.

u/Kremak · 4 pointsr/Warhammer40k

If you dont have it also pick up some masters brush cleaner. Great for cleaning and preserving brushes.

u/Quarrels · 4 pointsr/ageofsigmar

The other 2 comments address most of what you are asking but I thought I could add a bit.
Shades are probably the best product that GW sell. Buy at least Nuln oil and probably Agrax Earthshade to start but you will likely find you want them all eventually. As far as the different types of paint, they have different properties and the other post cover this well. Vallejo is a great brand, their paint is of a similar quality to Citadel(GW) but they are a little cheaper, come in better bottles and I think they have more colours. I use a mixture of Citadel, Vallejo, and Tamiya for all my painting and each have ups and downs but Vallejo is best overall I think. I also have an Army Painter green, and I hate it, but some people really like their line. The last thing is the dry paints, I don't like them. They are hard to use compared to regular paint for dry brushing and that's their whole purpose so I don't use them. I bought the elf flesh one and ruined a model with it, now I thin it with water and use it as highlight just to not waste it.

Brushes can be really important too. I suggest the GW M Base, S Dry then you can fill in the rest with better or cheaper brushes depending on what they are for. I don't think there is any reason to spend money on some generic medium detail brushes. I went to Micheal's (A hobby store in Canada) and bought a cheap 4 brush set of Golden Taklon synthetic brushes for like $10. These are not great brushes, don't get me wrong, but they work great because their fibers aren't very flexible compared to natural and when they are no good, throw them out and get another set for cheap. I use them for highlighting and metallics, because metallics can really ruin your good brushes. The next is shade brushes, you want something moppy, same store has a similar brush made from synthetic Camel Hair and these are just as good as the GW shade brushes. If you can afford it, it is worth picking up a #0 and a #1 or #2 in the Windsor and Newton series 7 brushes, these are great brushes and much better than GW but 2 will run you $50 - $70 so save up, get them when you can, and take care of them. This is the best product for cleaning brushes... just buy it, you will need it.

I've been painting for about 2 years now and I have several posts on here if your interested in any of my work. Hopefully my small amount of experience can help you get started.

u/TLAMstrike · 4 pointsr/WorldOfWarships

I've done business with Plaza Japan in the past, they have a good selection and low prices; you'll pay for shipping so best or order more than just one product to take advantage of that.


Amazon isn't bad, just check the prices compared to other stores. I've gotten great deals, and I've seen items posted at silly prices too. If you got prime then shipping is covered, although keep in mind that lots of the low price ship kits are shipped from Japan so the free shipping takes a while. Also read the reviews, I've had a couple of sellers not ship but Amazon had my back every time.


As for tips for a beginner, get the right tools right off the bat, this tool kit is a good start, I like these brushes (although you might want to get an additional bigger one as well), and I use this brush cleaner. Get a paint pallet for mixing, remember some paints like Tamiya need thinner while ones like AK don't. For more on brushes watch this quick video. You'll likely want some modeling masking tape. If you'll be doing something with lots of decals like a Carrier get some Microset & Microsol plus decal/hobby scissors. You'll need some kind of filler putty, I like miliput. Later on you'll want to mess with things like washes (vallejo makes a great out of the bottle wash) simple washes can make you stuff suddenly look pro because of what it does to small details, if you're going to be doing ships with specific paint schemes look in to the AK sets they'll be 5-6 colors all as part of a theme (like Royal Navy ships).


Most importantly you should start with something cheap. Your first few models will be learning experiences, so play around with those cheap $10 IJN destroyer kits till you get comfortable, use it to test painting techniques, then build that $50 HMS Ark Royal kit.

u/aiasthetall · 3 pointsr/minipainting

I'm a pretty new painter so I'm sure there are better methods out there, but this stuff has been working well for me. You just clean the brush, then rinse and put some more on it, working the brush back into a fine tip. Let it dry, then rinse the brush before you use it next.

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u/Buy_The-Ticket · 3 pointsr/minipainting

It's not so much about a small brush but a brush with a good point. A small brush like a 00 can be problematic because the paint dries very quickly. The best for minis is a Kolinsky Sable brush in a #1 or #2 size. Windsor Newton series 7s are really nice bit they are expensive. for a great alternative at like a 3rd of the price check out Rosemary and co series 33 brushes

Almost identical to series 7 bit way cheaper and they hold a perfect point for like ever. I'd say try a #1 and a #2 and see if that helps. The belly of the brush is large so it will hold a good amount of paint and will stay wet and the point is ultra fine for great details. Also get a jar of masters brush cleaner.

The stuff is great and one jar will last forever and your brushes will last a lot.longer then without it. Hope that helps and good luck!

u/Ursin_Brennus · 3 pointsr/minipainting

The quick flick it just to rinse excess paint out. I have two rinse cups: one for metallic; the other for regular. Only moisten my brush from the non-metallic water.

As previously posted, don't get your paint up near the metal ferrule, or as the paint dries it will cause the bristles to fan out (leaving you a brush only good for mixing paint).

About once a week I wash and rinse with "The Master's" brush cleaner. It's available at art supply stores and Michael's (they regularly have 40% off coupons). It really helps keep the brushes in good condition. If you soak your brushes to release paint, don't let them rest point down in a jar of water, it quickly destroys their ability to form a nice point.

u/nocturne213 · 3 pointsr/Warhammer40k

I use this on my brushes and it has fixed many a brush.

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u/shivore · 3 pointsr/SWlegion

You've been told 3 times now in this thread. Do you need a 4th? Probably not but I'll say it anyway. Get Masters brush cleaner.

u/shovellovin · 3 pointsr/Warhammer

This is a fairly affordable set that will help you get started.

Also, get brush cleaner to extend the life of your brushes.

When you get some natural bristle brushes that you want to keep clean this helps keep them in good shape.

Remember to dunk your brushes in water every few minutes, while you're painting, to keep paint from drying on the bristles. Also, don't store them standing up. Store them laying down so that water and paint don't work into the ferrule.

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u/Ember_Ranger · 2 pointsr/minipainting

I’m newer to the hobby as well, so someone with more experience might give you some better advice. However, the Masters Brush Cleaner really helps. You can clean the brush and reform it to the correct shape to dry. Here’s a link if you need it.
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u/95Mb · 2 pointsr/Warhammer

Second this!

Been using this for years now and it always does the trick. Just make sure you use it before the paint gets too dry on the bristles; especially if you've been drybrushing!

u/steder · 2 pointsr/Warhammer40k

You may want to invest in a couple nicer sable brushes and some brush soap to help clean em. Stuff like:

Winsor & Newton Series 7 Kolinsky Sable Watercolor Brush

General Pencil 105-BP The Masters Brush Cleaner & Preserver 2.5 Ounces Carded-

Maybe get the brush cleaner first and then get the sweet kolinsky brush ;-)

u/cerrvine · 2 pointsr/learnart

I don't know if regular dish soap would work just as well, but I use this brush soap and it works great: It's also for restoring and keeping a point.

u/Route66_LANparty · 2 pointsr/Warhammer

Painting supplies, I like a mix of cheap and quality brushes.

u/shylittlesunflower · 2 pointsr/PanPorn

This is a brush cleaner intended for artists' paint brushes, but it can also be used on make up brushes!

It's very inexpensive and you can probably find it at your local art store!

u/PreviousReason · 2 pointsr/Warhammer

I use this after every paint session, it works wonders with keeping brushes sharp. Lasts a while too!

u/ShovelBum82 · 2 pointsr/minipainting

Brush "soap", and clean your brushes after every session. This will dramatically improve the lifespan of your brushes. I use this stuff:

Second, good prep work is key to a good finish. Mold lines suck, and removing them is a significant investment in time. I recently picked up a Citadel tool specifically designed for this task and it is superb! I can't recommend it enough. You can find it here:

u/Scgrunow · 2 pointsr/minipainting

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u/XnFM · 2 pointsr/minipainting

This is the one that's most commonly used. You'll get a better price at Michaels' or Hobby Lobby after your daily 40% off coupon than you'll get on Amazon though.

u/MoonManFour2Zero · 1 pointr/Warhammer40k

Looks like a solid start to me! I would recommend not fully assembling your models before you paint them, some places can be hard to reach when fully assembled.

  1. The army painter range of brushes is a solid starting point, I think they have a starter pack with a few essential brushes. Get a tub of brush cleaner and clean your brushes throughout your time painting, I like to clean them when I change colors. This will keep in good condition and extend their life!

  2. I like the GW plastic glue, it melts the pieces together for a strong connection! Super glue is also good and if you need to change a model up you can freeze them and they will snap apart.

  3. I like the GW brand primers, though they are expensive! I've used army painter before and had mixed results, some good some terrible.

  4. I do not have any experience with sealers.

    Necessary Hobby Items

u/IxI_DUCK_IxI · 1 pointr/Warhammer40k

this stuff is super cheap, will last you about a year/year and a half even if you paint daily and is what you're looking for to clean your brushes. you should be abel to find it at your local hobby shops if you don't want to buy it online.

u/JoshGiff · 1 pointr/minipainting

It's more of a soapy dish that you run your brush through then clean out with water and repeat until you're clean. You still want to avoid getting paint too far up your bristles into the ferrule (metal part) but it helps condition your brush and keep the bristles aligned properly into a nice point while also removing leftover paint.

Edit: Here is what I'm talking about: The Masters Brush Cleaner & Preserver 2.5 Ounces Carded-

I bought mine almost 2 years ago and I'm still using the same one.

u/drspeilman · 1 pointr/Gunpla

Just make sure you really shake up the gundam markers to make sure it’s well mixed. Seriously, like 30+ times.

Don’t let any paint dry up on your brush. Always keep it moist with thinner or water. I use to forget about the paint on my brushes and the tough cleaning is what messes up the bristles...or maybe I just have cheap brushes 🤷‍♂️

That stuff in the link below works well. You can leave a little after you wash to keep the end of the brush pointy. I usually use it after cleaning my brush with thinner to keep it “conditioned”

brush cleaner

u/TheSheDM · 1 pointr/minipainting

Reaper has a couple of great starter kits to get you started that not only contain paints, brushes, and some minis to practice on, they come with an instructional booklet packed in a handy case. They're honestly a great starting point and their paints are just as good as Vallejo or Citadel.

Army Painter and Vallejo also sell basic color sets that are just fine to start with. Search on Amazon and pick one you can afford - or check out your FLGS.

If you need to buy brushes b/c you didn't get a reaper kit, 1-2 cheap sets of miniature detail brushes will be fine. You will ruin your first brushes, but nontheless look up brush care and when you've progressed you can decide if you want fancy brushes.
Get yourself some brush soap too:

You don't need a million paints to start. All the primary colors (you know: red, blue, yellow, white, black, etc.) will let you mix your own colors to start. Just go slow and thin your paint with droplets of water.

u/Minion_X · 1 pointr/ageofsigmar

I would recommend getting some of this special soap for your brushes, it's great for getting the paint out and preserving them:

It's cheap and one jar lasts a long time.

u/Thorvald1331 · 1 pointr/SWlegion

You're almost certainly going to ruin your first brushes, god knows I did, so don't buy anything too expensive. I'd recommend this set as a good starting point;

Also make sure to grab some brush soap to clean your brushes out;

Here's a vid on how to take care of your brushes and use the soap;

You should absolutely make a wet palette too, here's another vid;

As far as paints go, vallejo and citadel are probably your best option, both are very good brands of paint, some people tend to avoid citadel because they tend to cost a little more and if the jars aren't closed tightly they can dry out easily, so It's best to get what you can get both cheaper and the easier.

u/CornflakeJustice · 1 pointr/minipainting

Fair enough! I'm probably a little nicer than average to my brushes, but I've definitely got a few I have beaten the ever loving hell out of. Couple great coverage brushes out of it, plus a good drybrush, Nurgle Rot applicator, and so on. But yeah, at the very least you might consider grabbing some Master's Brush Cleaner. I find it to be very effective and it's not much more than water, brush cleaner, swishes, and then dry it off, reshape and set aside. Less than a minute and you'll get some more use out of your brushes! Maybe even 7 minutes!

u/lina_the_ninja · 1 pointr/fountainpens

This artist crush cleaner is amazing:


I removed a 1-month old ink stain on my white carpet with that

u/DarkOdeus · 1 pointr/minipainting

Those sets actually look really awesome and right in the price range I was willing to spend. Might grab both! Thanks for the recommendation.

For brushes I saw army painter has this set it looks like it has the brushes you recommend and then some. Have you found the bristles of these brushes stay together well? I know on small brushes you will always have some minor separation because of their size.

Also what do you use to clean your brushes? I figured id pick some of this Master Brush Cleaner while i'm at it.

u/[deleted] · 1 pointr/minipainting

Not sure your price points but looking on Amazon this Army painter set is a great start to get a quantity of colors you would need and can add colors when you need to, there's also a $25usd kit with less paints but enough to get started.

For brushes I get this from Michaels as it had a lot of brush sizes for different things and starting out you don't need to buy expensive brushes.

This is a great brush cleaner and depending on the figures you decide to paint you need some tools so something like this kit would be easy to have everything in one go.

Did you have any minis in mind you were wanting to get started with? And welcome, I use painting for stress relief as well and it's easy when you have a figure and are just making them look good

u/AasimarHermit · 1 pointr/minipainting

General Pencil 105-BP The Masters... I use this stuff and it has taken my dulled out brushes and sharpened them

u/animeprime · 1 pointr/Tau40K

If you are starting out from scratch you should invest in this brush cleaner. Use it when you're done painting and it will drastically extend the life and quality of your brushes. One tub will last you for years.

u/mmx2000 · 1 pointr/SWlegion

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u/Heathen92 · 1 pointr/Warhammer40k