You surely have invested a lot in your home; every bit of your penny and time is precious and treasured. Now that you have already spent so much on your house, take note to save and invest the extras that went into painting the house. Besides, having great professional house painting tools and equipment is not less than an investment, and if you store them well- they can be rewarding. We don’t want you to spend dollars on the same tools that you bought in the recent past.
Cleaning and storing is indeed a challenging task, but the efforts are worth putting in. If you know the right techniques, then the hard work almost seems negligible. Here are some helpful tips and techniques that’ll help you in cleaning and storing your tools in a better way.
1. Removing oil-based paint from the brush
- Use mineral spirits/paint thinner.
- Pour 1/8th inch of this thinner into a tall plastic container.
- Clean the brush by just pressing the brush’s hair at the bottom of the container.
- In a separate wide container, wash off the extra paint with the help of a hard brush or paint pot’s pro paint remover tool.
- Transfer the thinner to an unused old container and pour a fresh one to repeat the process, again.
- Repeat this procedure at least 4 times, or till you get a clean thinner.
- Wipe the blades dry with the help of a rag.
2. Removing latex-based paint from the brush
Remove the access paint. The best way is to wipe the bristles against the wiping blades- you can also collect the paint for later use. Now, hold the brush under lukewarm water. Comb out excess paint using paintbrush cleaner. Continue till the water runs clear.
3. Storing your brush during a short break.
During short breaks, leave the brush half-way dangling in the paint. The right technique is by letting the brush’s bottom one-third of the bristles to rest in the paint. Strictly avoid keeping the brush on the newspaper or drop cloth.
4. Storing your brush during a long break.
For longer breaks that stretch from certain hours to a day or two; store the brush by wrapping its entire head in a plastic wrap/bag or aluminum foil. Tightly seal the ferrule using masking tape and store it in a cool area or a freezer.
5. Storing your brush for long durations.
Clean the brush using any of the aforementioned techniques. Once cleaned properly, gently reshape the bristles by hand or use a paintbrush comb. Hang the brush upside down- in a way that the bristles face downward.
6. How to remove latex and oil-based paint from paint roller
Clean by running the curved blade over it. After removing the access paint, pull the nap halfway off the roller frame and hold it under the lukewarm water. With the help of your hand push the paint out of the fibres. Dry the rollers by keeping them in a stand position avoid instead of letting it rest straight on the nap.
For oil-based – Repeat the same procedure to remove the access paint. Pour solvent into the paint tray and dip and roll the nap in the tray. Replace the solvent for final cleaning. Apply the same technique for drying.
7. Other Equipment
For storing your other professional house painting tools and equipment, pegboards make a great storage idea. It lets you see all your tools at one glance. If you do not have enough wall space for mounting the pegboard then you can arrange them in a large drawer or a large toolbox. If you have an all-in-one painter’s tool like paint pot pro, then you’ll need a very compact space to accommodate all of it.
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