Switch from OMS to Walnut Oll for Brush Cleaning During Sessions?
Iíve always used OMS to clean my brushes during a painting session. I leave the lid off the canister, and have never had any bad reactions (that Iím aware of) to the solventÖ But recently my wife must have read some article online because she started telling me I shouldnít use any solvents, especially with the lid open because Iíll get brain damage, cancer, dyslexia, diarrhea and countless other bad things.
So I did a little reading, and it does seem like maybe solvents should be avoided. Or does it? Iíve read how plenty of people use walnut or poppy oil to clean their brushes during a session, in a slightly more time consuming way than I do with OMS, but seems like it would work and perhaps be safer so everyone is happy and healthy.
I figured Iíd post and see what folks think these days about this. How many of you have switched to (or have always used) a drying oil for this purpose? Iím just about out of my gallon sized container of OMS, so now would be a good time to switch if Iím going to. Also, which drying oil would people say is best for this purpose? Walnut and poppy seem to be the two that get mentioned most frequently. Between those two is it a ďsix of oneÖĒ sort of situation?
And one additional questionÖ Iíve been using one of those DaVinci metal canisters with the little metal basket in it for cleaning with OMS. Iíve started thinking perhaps a Silicoil cleaner might be a gentler way to go Ė wiping a brush across that smooth rounded coil seems like itíd be easier on brushes than having them get snagged on the holes in the metal basket while being swished in the canister of OMS. Anyone agree or disagree with this?