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How Flexible is Bristle Magic?

Flexibility of Bristle Magic refers to its ability to be used at different concentration levels.

And Perfect form, as seen in this Yoga pose, is just a soak away.

Let Bristle Magic bring your brushes back to their original flexible and perfect form that you love.

Concentration and Usage Guidelines

Oil painters use full strength concentrate

Acrylic painters

For everyday use and brush has been cleaned regularly

50 - 75% water added to Bristle Magic

For brushes that were left out for a couple of days use 75% water 25 % BM

Brushes were forgotten for a couple of weeks use 25 % water

Brushes may have years of build up and the brush is losing flexibility, for these we recommend using full strength let it soak for a while. Then you might use a comb or luffa to remove paint.

These reviews were copied from Amazon, Jerry’s Artarama and Dick Blick some of our main sellers. These reviews are unedited and to me they are very flattering and humbling. This is why we have done this work and hope that you will check it out. If someone in the purchasing department can reply or call me I will work out how to send samples for your testers. The last time we were tested, it was by a large company, they sent samples to 10 testers/influencers and all ten scored Bristle Magic with a 10. Believe it, ten influencers scored Bristle Magic’s effectiveness at ten.

Here are some reviews shared from the internet.

Best cleaner!

I recently decided to undertake oil painting and found that using just the general's brush cleaner soap was not going to be enough. I don't like using chemicals when painting and find it completely unnecessary. But hey, if it floats your boat, then use em. It's really easy to use this. I keep two separate jars, one with a bit of the brush cleaner (there is no need to pour the entire contents of the bottle in a jar, just pour enough to cover the bristles. Also, do not just let the brushes plop down in the jar. If you have clothespins or some kind of clip that can firmly grab onto the brush handle without scratching it, clip that onto the brush as a kind of "stopper" and then let your brush soak in the cleaner without letting it plop down in the jar.

Keep it on hand

I paint with acrylics. I only recently purchased this brush soap for the first time, but quickly came back for more to keep as inventory. While this soap can be reused (when used for soaking brushes), I prefer to use little squirts for each brush as I wash. With detail brushes, I use a silicone muffin cup to catch water from the faucet as I add a tiny bit of soap and swirl the brush. The silicone is gentle on the bristles. With larger brushes, I do the same but with a larger plastic container to catch water. In my experience so far with this soap, I usually do one wash with Masters Soap and a final wash with Bristle Magic soap resulting in a very clean brush. This product is particularly good as a final wash on brushes used for applying acrylic varnishes. It leaves them ..

Brushes I thought were gone get a new lease in life a year ago

I was told by an experienced art friend not to waste my money on brush cleaners. I decided to tack a gamble on Bristle Magic based on other's reviews and I am so glad I did. I wipe my brushes well, rinse them in water, wipe again and put them into a very small container with just a half oz of Bristle Magic for a few minutes and wipe again. My brushes are cleaner than with soap and water (I paint in acrylics but the directions say it's good for oil too. I accidentally missed cleaning a brush for over a week and thought I'd ruined. I stuck it in my Bristle Magic for about 20 minutes and the brush is like new. Other brushes that I felt were just too used to be usable again were wonderful again after a soak in this magical elixir. Even better, I'm still using the original 0.5 oz ..

Bristle Magic is the best brush cleaner I've found. A year ago

I've been painting with acrylics for over 30 years and have used dozens of brush cleaner solutions. They've all been only adequate until I purchased my first Bristle Magic Brush Cleaner and Conditioner a few years ago. Nothing I've found works so well. It's not caustic or hard on my brushes. Dried acrylic paints, although I don't let that happen on my brushes anymore, comes out after only a couple of minutes soaking in Bristle Magic, plus, it's not overly strong smelling, so I get fewer complaints from my wife. Several times I've gone to my local art supply store to find Bristle Magic and have been disappointed because of out-of-stock issues. So, I started purchasing my supplies from Jerrys.

Great soap11 months ago

I switched from the pink stuff and Winston combo to only this! No harsh crazy smell conditions the brushes and brings i thought were lost causes back to life! I love that I can reuse this as I would a stronger smelling cleaner.

A must have for the studio

I use this in tandem with the Chelsea conditioning soap. Super great for cleaning all of my brushes. I love the fact that there are no fumes or toxic chemicals in the product and yet does a fabulous job cleaning.

Works fantastic on more than artists brushes a year ago

Cleans brushes from oil painting fast and easy, no odor and non toxic. Also use on makeup brushes and hair brushes. Does a thorough and fast job. Love the stuff. Have used it for several years.

Best Stuff a month ago

This is great stuff. Easy to use, works beautifully. Safe, effective. Please don't discontinue it!

Love this! a year ago

I tried this because I cannot seem to find my old favorite pink soap. And I had a few old brushes that I love but were crusty with old acrylic paint. I soaked them overnight and the next day they were soft and supple like brand new!

I am buying this product again! 11 months ago

This product is amazing! I had brushes covered in acrylic paint and damar varnish. They are literally like new again!

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I had to buy the gallon as I was so tired of waiting for the quart to be in stock. The product is great, however.

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I had to buy the gallon as I was so tired of waiting for the quart to be in stock. The product is great, however.

Works well I love that this is a nontoxic brush cleaner

Effective and gentle. 3 years ago

Great product for cleaning oil paint on brushes and easy on the skin.

Very good product 4 years ago

Loved this product because it's a safe product without odors or no fumes

Will buy this product 9 years ago

This product is great for removing oil paint from brushes and it helps to preserve the bristles.

Will buy this product again9 years ago

This product is great for removing oil paint from brushes and it helps to preserve the bristles.

Works well a year ago

5.0 out of 5 stars Great cleaner without the strong odor of turpentine

Reviewed in the United States on December 15, 2017

Size: 32 ounce Verified Purchase I paint, and it's really hard to find a good cleaning product that doesn't eat up your brushes. I love this cleaner. It's natural, doesn't seem to harm my brushes, and does a good job of cleaning both acrylic and oil paint. Has a clean, fresh smell; better than the strong turpentine and other cleaning agents.

4.0 out of 5 stars Works pretty well

Reviewed in the United States on February 8, 2018

Size: 32 ounce Verified Purchase

Bought this to take dried paint out of brushes. A friend artist said this would renew your brushes. It worked on some of them, but not all. You have to soak them overnight. I put mine in a container that

has the built in screen on the bottom so your bristles don't get ruined. I then covered the screen area with the solution.

5.0 out of 5 stars The very best brush cleaner!

Reviewed in the United States on February 22, 2020

Size: 32 ounce Verified Purchase

I was looking for a paintbrush cleaner that didn’t have an odor and was biodegradable. This really works. My brushes have never been cleaner and they don’t dry out after using it.

5.0 out of 5 stars Non toxic cleaner

Reviewed in the United States on January 30, 2020

Size: 32 ounce Verified Purchase

It’s a good nontoxic oil paint brush cleaner.

5.0 out of 5 stars Revolutionary!

Reviewed in the United States on July 29, 2014

Size: 32 ounce Verified Purchase

This stuff is fantastic! Every oil painter should have it. Stop wasting water. Use this to clean your brushes and keep your bristles in good shape. This is way under marketed. Everyone should have it. I was given a sample by an art teacher who had poo poohed it for a year before she tried it out and realized its value.

5.0 out of 5 stars Works great, smells decent, would buy again

Reviewed in the United States on February 19, 2016

Size: 32 ounce Verified Purchase

Stuff works significantly well for oil paint. Doesn't smell horribly. Would definitely buy again in the future.

4.0 out of 5 stars Works pretty well

Reviewed in the United States on February 8, 2018

Size: 32 ounce Verified Purchase

Bought this to take dried paint out of brushes. A friend artist said this would renew your brushes. It worked on some of them, but not all. You have to soak them overnight. I put mine in a container that has the built in screen on the bottom so your bristles don't get ruined. I then covered the screen area with the solution.

5.0 out of 5 stars The very best brush cleaner!

Reviewed in the United States on February 22, 2020

Size: 32 ounce Verified Purchase

I was looking for a paintbrush cleaner that didn’t have an odor and was biodegradable. This really works. My brushes have never been cleaner, and they don’t dry out after using it.

5.0 out of 5 stars Great Conditioner

Reviewed in the United States on April 16, 2014

Size: 32 ounce Verified Purchase

I have found this conditions brushes better than anything else I've used. For the worst offender brushes in bad condition, this product has made them usable again in a long soak. The cleaning capacity is not the best I've used, but it does save brushes.

5.0 out of 5 stars Revolutionary!

Reviewed in the United States on July 29, 2014

Size: 32 ounce Verified Purchase

This stuff is fantastic! Every oil painter should have it. Stop wasting water. Use this to clean your brushes and keep your bristles in good shape. This is way under marketed. Everyone should have it.

Reviewed in the United States on August 25, 2015

Size: 32 ounce Verified Purchase

Excellent product for oil painters who need to keep their paintbrushes clean.

Size: 32 ounce Verified Purchase

It’s a good nontoxic oil paint brush cleaner.

I extended the life of some used brushes with this product. It cleaned off accumulated residue & made them soft again.

5.0 out of 5 stars Works great, smells decent, would buy again

Reviewed in the United States on February 19, 2016

Size: 32 ounce Verified Purchase

Stuff works significantly well for oil paint. Doesn't smell horribly. Would buy again in the future.

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent product for oil painters who need to keep their paintbrushes clean.

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