Cleaning my paint brushes and paint rollers has always been a big hassle after a long day of painting. Usually it means washing out my paint rollers, which I finally got smart enough to buy additional paint rollers and just throw then away at the end of the day and then washing out all my paint brushes with the hose and bottle of soap in the yard. I have been painting for the last few days and fortunately have picked up a few time and money saving painting tips from my dad.
- Wrap your used paint rollers in a plastic Walmart bag, plastic sack or a large ziploc bag and it will continue to stay wet and ready for use. The next morning, simply take the plastic bag off the roller, which is still attached to your roller handle and dip in the paint and go again.
- Leave the tips of your paint brushes submerged in paint, in a small container, such as a family sized yogurt tub overnight and they will also be fine for use the next morning.
- After cleaning out your paint brushes with water and soap, you can use a wire brush to get rid of the additional paint that always lingers on your brush. I usually wash my paint brushes until I have too much paint build up and then throw them away. Now I can completely wash the paint brushes without having to keep buying new ones.
- Purdy paint brushes are more expensive, but well worth it when painting a large area.
- Small angled Purdy paint brushes work great for painting trim, with enough practice, and a steady hand, you can eventually eliminate using the painting tape.
These painting tips will save you time, money and frustration. I wish I would have known about the plastic bag trick earlier in life. My painting jobs usually take me a few days at a time to complete and I have spent way too much time cleaning up at the end of the each day! If you have additional painting tips, please leave them in the comment section of this post on the mom blog. I can’t wait to hear from you!