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How To Properly Maintain Your Painting Tools?

Author: venusgeng

Sep. 01, 2022

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Tags: Tools

Perfecting your technique of cutting in along the trim and carefully peeling painters tape is a waste of time if your paint tool is in bad shape. Rough bristles can turn a quick balustrade trim into a streaky mess. Read on to learn how to keep your supplies in tip-top shape.


Preparing new materials

First and foremost, knowing your painting tools is an investment. If properly cared for, a paintbrush or roller will last about three to six months.


Use your small fingers to brush on a fresh brush with stiff bristles. Pinch the end of the bristles, then gently pull away from the brush to remove any loose threads. If you are using latex paint, dip the brush into a cup of water to remove the lint.

Paint Brush


To remove lint from a new roller: "Wrap a piece of painters tape around your hand, sticky side out, and roll it over the new roller cover to remove lint before painting.


Storage during the project

You can save some trouble by skipping mid-project cleanup. Use plastic wrap or heavy-duty aluminum foil to cover the used brush or roller between layers, even overnight to keep it fresh. If you plan to wait more than 24 hours to use them, place them in a Ziploc bag, squeeze out all the air, and place them in the refrigerator to keep the paint fresh.

Purple Filament Chalk Paint Brush

Purple Filament Chalk Paint Brush

Post-Project Cleaning

Be sure to clean your brushes and rollers as soon as your painting project is complete. If you treat your brushes correctly, they shouldn't be too difficult to clean. First, you must remove all excess paint from your brushes, rollers, paint trays or roller frames. For paint trays, it is recommended to use heavy plastic and brush the excess paint back into the can, allowing the last coat to dry rather than rinsing it off.

The Ceiling Paint Brush

The Ceiling Paint Brush

Your rinsing method depends on the type of paint. For water-based paints, warm water and about a teaspoon of soap is preferred. For brushes, use your fingers to squeeze the paint out of the bristles, press them to the bottom of the sink, and then use a scrubbing sponge to scrub the paint that is stuck to the outside of the bristles. For roller hoods, move the curved blade of the 5-in-1 tool down the hood to remove excess paint, pull the hood halfway out of the frame and run it under warm water, using your fingers to loosen the paint from the fibers.


For oil-based paints, use an odorless mineral spirits. For brushes, pour the solvent into a small container and shake the tool from side to side, using the edges of the container to push out the paint. Then rinse with a clean mineral spirits. For roller covers, use 5 in 1 to remove excess paint, dip it into a solvent-filled paint tray and roll it around, and finally rinse with clean solvent.


Regardless of the type of paint, you can use a wire brush to remove paint from between the bristles. In a pinch, replace the wire brush with an old fork.