Cleaning Paint Brushes and Rollers

We paint a lot – all kinds of different things: light fixtures, vent covers, decorative plaster, furniture, faux finishes, etc. Good brushes are key to a nice job and a happy painter! We think one of the best tips we can pass along is the care you should take in cleaning and storing your expensive paint brushes.  We tend to buy Purdy Brushes, nylon or a blend designed for “all paints and stains”, and use water based, low VOC paints almost exclusively.

Caring for your brush begins with how you load it with paint – never, ever, dip it more than half way up the bristles!  This is a really helpful, short (22 seconds) video on how to do it: Purdy, loading your brush.  Now, on to cleaning and storing – *TIP* keep the cardboard cover for your brush, “It’s part of the tool,” as the man says, check out this great video: Purdy, cleaning your brushes.

How about the rollers?  They hold an amazing amount of paint that you will want to scrape out before cleaning under running water.  Watch: Purdy, cleaning your roller.  Note: you can save a roller loaded with paint for a few days by wrapping in a plastic bag (moderately tight, touching is good, but don’t squeeze the living daylights out of it or fill it with air – think moderation).  I then keep it in the refrigerator – once I forgot about it and a week later it was still fine…

Now you’re going to be Purdy darn smart, don’t you think?

2 thoughts on “Cleaning Paint Brushes and Rollers

  1. Caring for your paint in its container is helpful too! I learned from buying a 5 gallon bucket of Fosters which came with a plastic disk covering its paint surface: No more layer of dried paint/film! Cover your paint surface with a trash bag, set the plastic of the bag touching/right on the surface of the paint, also touching the sides of the can, making sure no air is in the can or going to get in under your plastic. Then put on the lid. Since I started doing this, I have never had a film develop on any of my paints. Good for over a year that I know of. Try it.

    • So right! I’ve also just heard another trick of putting rocks in your paint to raise the level (clean the rocks in the dishwasher first). And possibly using glass marbles in the smaller containers – tho I’m a bit wary of pouring those once the marbles are in – I wonder if I might have a messy splash accident…I haven’t tried either of these yet.

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