Umm… what? Mascara brushes?
Yesterday, in my post about Super Lube o-ring lubricant, I mentioned how thicker greases from a squeeze-tube can be messy to apply. They’re like Vaseline out of a toothpaste tube, or worse – grease in a can that needs to be scooped out.
I once purchased some anti-seize and it was shipped with several disposable mascara brushes, and they worked great for the task! I imagine they’d also work well for silicone lubricant purposes too.
Some of the mascara brushes on Amazon also show the small disposable brushes being used for random small space and crevice cleaning tasks as well.
This seems like a good idea. I agree, these look great for applying difficult materials (such as grease), or for cleaning in tight spaces.
It looks like the metal wire holding the bristles together can be bent, to get into corners and crevices.
These mascara brushes are cheap – the pink ones are currently $4.39 for (100), and the blue sparkly ones are $4.99 for (100).
There are other colors as well, with no apparent differences aside from aesthetics.
I also came across finer-tipped applicator brushes, but there are tons of complaints about their quality. For precise applications or cleaning tasks, one could always get a pack of foam or other lint-free swabs from industrial supply channels.
I ordered 2 packs of mascara brushes, hoping to see if different suppliers have different quality. And if not, I can color-code when working with multiple materials – maybe one color for cleaning gunk, and the other for applying fresh grease.
I’d worry about the brushes shedding bristles, but if people use them around their eyes without complaints, they should be good enough for disposable workshop use. I mean, 5 cents apiece? That’s cheaper than acid brushes.
I figure that I’ll try these out for grease application, but they’ll probably see more use at cleaning crevices. At $5 for 100, or even less, it’s worth a try.
I searched for tool-use-related alternatives, but found nothing aside from pricier tube-cleaning brushes. I have a couple of those in different sizes, but they weren’t cheap, and I’d never use them for the things I might use a disposable brush for.
And before you say “what about acid brushes,” those applicators often have thin bristles that wouldn’t pick up or apply greases very well.
Mascara brushes really do seem like a good idea.
If you’re shopping for brushes, also consider some of the other types that we use:
Oh no, what kind of “suggested products” is Amazon going to fill my screen with now that I ordered mascara brushes?!
This brings something else to mind – several people have politely informed or yelled at me over the years for ToolGuyd showing women’s clothing ads. Browsing behavior tends to determine the types of ads Google shows you in designated ad blocks! We block potentially offensive advertisement categories (and then some) by default, but women’s clothing ads are going to come through if those are the types of products Google thinks you’re shopping for!! Other times, it’s contextual based, and so this post might see some very odd ad targeting.