How to Clean Putty Knives

Featured Article, Household DIY Tips
on January 26, 2013
clean putty knife

Rather than throw away his gunked-up putty knives, Club member Lance Balwin of Prescott, Arizona, keeps the blades clean of paint and putty buildup with an old chisel dedicated to this purpose. He uses an inexpensive chisel that’s past its useful life for woodworking but can still take the sharp edge necessary for the job. Only a stiff, sharp blade is really effective; cleaning with another putty knife or a razor-blade knife is usually unsatisfactory.