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Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian12 Aug 2020 9:56 p.m. PST

For rinsing your paintbrushes?

* tapwater
* distilled water
* bottled water
* spring water
* I don't use water to clean my brushes

Personal logo Herkybird Supporting Member of TMP13 Aug 2020 12:04 a.m. PST

Tapwater for acrylics, White spirit for enamels.

Huscarle Supporting Member of TMP13 Aug 2020 12:42 a.m. PST

99% acrylics – Tapwater between colours, & tapwater followed by brush cleaner at the end of a painting session.

Green Tiger13 Aug 2020 12:49 a.m. PST


Thresher01 Supporting Member of TMP13 Aug 2020 12:54 a.m. PST


blacksmith13 Aug 2020 1:09 a.m. PST


ZULUPAUL Supporting Member of TMP13 Aug 2020 1:30 a.m. PST


GildasFacit Sponsoring Member of TMP13 Aug 2020 1:42 a.m. PST

Tapwater for most things but I do use de-ionised water for washes.

FusilierDan13 Aug 2020 2:44 a.m. PST

Tap Water for rinsing. Distilled water for thinning and making washes.

jurgenation Supporting Member of TMP13 Aug 2020 3:01 a.m. PST

Tap water…

Wargamer Blue13 Aug 2020 3:16 a.m. PST


Personal logo PzGeneral Supporting Member of TMP13 Aug 2020 4:03 a.m. PST

Tappa tappa tappa….

Personal logo Endless Grubs Supporting Member of TMP13 Aug 2020 4:20 a.m. PST


Personal logo Florida Tory Supporting Member of TMP13 Aug 2020 4:26 a.m. PST

tap water

MajorB13 Aug 2020 4:34 a.m. PST

What a daft question. Why should the "type" of water make any difference?

GildasFacit Sponsoring Member of TMP13 Aug 2020 4:48 a.m. PST

Water with some impurities can affect the paint finish or even the flow of the paint. Most have no discernible effect but some hard water salts do. High levels of Chlorination can affect colours too.

It isn't quite as daft as it might sound.

Joes Shop Supporting Member of TMP13 Aug 2020 4:48 a.m. PST


Frederick Supporting Member of TMP13 Aug 2020 4:51 a.m. PST


In fairness for people whose water supply is hard water with a significant mineral content it can impact on paint – when I was a kid I lived for a while in a place where the water had so much iron it was often brown – tended to leave a bit of a stain on lighter colours

Son of MOOG13 Aug 2020 5:21 a.m. PST


jdpintex13 Aug 2020 5:24 a.m. PST


Sgt Slag13 Aug 2020 6:11 a.m. PST

Well water -- I live in the country. My water is hard, and it contains excessive, dissolved, iron: water softener adds salt; iron filter system removes excess dissolved iron. Haven't done much painting since we moved, so no idea if it will affect my painting, or my brushes, yet.

I also am a firm believer in using Pink Brush Soap: cleans, and conditions, the bristles, when washing after use. Installed a utility sink, in the crafting/painting room, with a soap dispenser: filled it with Pink Brush Soap. That sink will almost exclusively be used by me, while crafting. Cheers!

Personal logo etotheipi Sponsoring Member of TMP13 Aug 2020 6:43 a.m. PST

For a quick removal of paint and to continue the same mini an a new colour, mostly wipe on a dry surface.

Spit for small, quick cleans.

Tap water at least when putting away or when a good clean is needed.

Soak tap water, wash with dish soap, rinse with tap water when required.

Personal logo Parzival Supporting Member of TMP13 Aug 2020 7:55 a.m. PST

Distilled, aka "Purified" water. The tap water here has a high mineral content, and does indeed affect the flow and color of acrylic paints. Dark colors dry with a white "crust" appearance. Ick.

Lascaris13 Aug 2020 9:00 a.m. PST

Tap water for everything.

MajorB13 Aug 2020 9:04 a.m. PST

I have always lived in a hard water area. Never noticed any detrimental effect on acrylic paint from the use of hard tap water to rinse brushes in over 40 years.

Personal logo Stosstruppen Supporting Member of TMP13 Aug 2020 10:03 a.m. PST

tap water…well really some nasty tap/paint water…

Personal logo McKinstry Supporting Member of TMP Fezian13 Aug 2020 11:34 a.m. PST


tigrifsgt13 Aug 2020 5:03 p.m. PST

Water from the dehumidifier bucket in an old plastic bottle.

Oberlindes Sol LIC Supporting Member of TMP13 Aug 2020 5:56 p.m. PST

Tap water.

jwebster Supporting Member of TMP13 Aug 2020 10:43 p.m. PST

As others, tap for rinsing, but distilled/deionized for diluting paints

I have two cups for rinsing, water in the second should always be clear, change both if the second is not completely clear. This stops any cross mixing of colours, metal sparklies etc.

The reason for distilled water for diluting is consistency. My tapwater varies during the year, and mine is different from LGS. It costs peanuts and takes out a variable. I generally use a 50/50 distilled water/matte medium for diluting paints, particularly inks


Patrick Sexton Supporting Member of TMP14 Aug 2020 6:44 a.m. PST

Tap water. Ours comes from The City (Chicago) and is very good.

Doc Martens from Canada15 Aug 2020 10:16 a.m. PST

Tap. We now have city water so it's very good. Mind you, well water didn't seem to cause any problems…

Syrinx015 Aug 2020 1:42 p.m. PST

Tapwater for rinsing my brushes. I mix paint with filtered drinking water if I have a glass on the table but if I'm drinking beer, I use the tapwater.

I too am using Chicago water and overall have had no issues with it.

Personal logo Bobgnar Supporting Member of TMP17 Aug 2020 4:19 p.m. PST

Whatever I happen to be drinking at the time. Sometimes tea and coffee, even coke. I pour it into a small jar, I do not drink the used stuff:)

von Schwartz18 Aug 2020 5:57 p.m. PST

What a daft question. Why should the "type" of water make any difference?
Agreed, my wash water is always dirty anyways. Just have to remember to not confuse the "wash" water with your 2 fingers of fine Scotch!

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