Key Tips to Handle Paint Equipment

If your paint equipment is in bad shape, mastering your method for cutting along trim and gently peeling off painter’s tape is a pointless exercise. A fast baluster touch-up can be turned into a smeared mess if the brush bristles are ragged.

We interviewed three painting specialists for their best clean-up and care techniques for their instruments in the quest of sleek lines and pro-level paint finishes. Continue reading to learn how to preserve your tools in tip-top form for a paint job that appears Digitally altered once you’ve decided what to keep (like a pro-favourite Purdy) and what to dump (like a foam brush).

Getting new supplies ready

To begin, keep in mind that painting supplies are an investment. With good maintenance, a paintbrush or roller should last around three to six months.

Use your fingers to break in a new brush with stiff bristles. To eliminate any loose strands, grab the tip of the bristles and gently disengage from the brush. Dip the brush in a basin of water to eliminate lint if you’re dealing with latex paints.

Wrap a strip of painter’s tapes around your finger with the adhesive side facing outward and run it over a new roller cover to eliminate lint before painting.

Storing during a project

You can save time and effort by bypassing the cleaning in the middle of a project. Wrap a used brush or a small paint roller covering in clingfilm or heavy-duty aluminium foil between coatings, or even overnight, to keep it fresh. If you won’t be using them for and over 24 hours, put them in an airtight container, press out all the air, and store them in your refrigerator to keep the paint fresh. For painting breaks, we prefer to keep brushes in plastic baggies.

Cleaning after a project

After you’ve finished painting, make sure to clean your brushes and rollers right away. It should not be too hard to clean your paintbrushes if you treat them properly. To begin, clean the roller, brush, paint tray, or roller frame of any excess paint. We suggest using thick plastic paint trays, sweeping excess paint back into the container, and allowing the top level of paint to dry rather than rinsing it out.

Your sewage system or municipality’s limits may dictate where you clean your tools with water. Many communities are fine with aqueous paint waste, such as water from brushes and pipes during cleaning, because it goes straight to a care facility with the rest of the waste water. But, if you have a personal or communal septic system, we advise against it. Some staff prefers to clean brushes in a bucket and then rinse them with clean water.

The technique of rinsing you use is determined by the type of paint you used. Henrique favours warm water with a teaspoon of soap for water-based paint. When using a brush, press the paint into and out of the bristle with your fingertips, pushing them up against by the sink’s base and cleaning paint adhering to the outside of the bristles with a wash sponge. To remove leftover paint from a roller cover, slide the curving blade of a 5-in-1 tool across the cover, then peel the cover partly off the framework and slide it under hot water, massaging with your fingers to loosen the paint from the fibres.

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