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Tips for a DIY Model Railroad Paint Brush Holder

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Drying paint brushes properly after you’ve thoroughly washed them can be a little tricky, as you neither want to keep them upright to avoid rusting or store them upside down in a container to avoid disfiguring the bristles. The trick is finding an easy way to prop your brushes at a 45-degree angle so as to allow moisture to fall off without doing harm to their structural integrity. To do so, you need only utilize some basic materials you might have lying around the workshop. In this lesson, we teach you how to create a DIY model railroad paint brush holder that will simplify how you dry and organize your brushes.

How to build a DIY model railroad paint brush holder

It’s said all the time about a lot of things, but building a DIY model railroad paint brush holder really is as easy as 1, 2, 3. In just three quick steps, you can create a DIY model railroad tool that will save you headaches for the rest of your model railroading career. NMRA Master Modeler Gerry Leone walks you through a quick demonstration of the easiest way to make your DIY model railroad brush holder using a single piece of foam, an electric knife and a drill.

Gerry begins his expert step-by-step demo for creating a DIY model railroad brush holder by talking about materials you’ll need. You can opt for most types of foam for your holder, but Gerry tells you which kind he recommends and discusses why its rigidity makes it the preferable choice for propping brushes at a 45-degree angle.

After introducing the materials necessary for completing his DIY model railroad brush holder, he teaches you how to make a good clean cut with your electric knife and several holes at 45 degrees with your drill. With this quick tip for making one of a range of Gerry’s handy DIY model railroad accessories, you’ll never have to worry about damaging your paint brushes again!

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