These pro secrets about the best way to use and care for your paintbrushes and paint rollers will make any paint job around the house easier, neater and give you beautiful results.
Those ragged edges and tiny beads of dried paint on
your paint roller may seem harmless, but they'll
leave ugly tracks in your paint job. Trim them
off, leaving a slightly tapered edge, and your
roller will be as good as new.
An old golf club brush is perfect for
scrubbing off that crusty coat that
builds up on paintbrushes. The
plastic bristles scour away
most of the crust without
harming the brush.
The brass bristles
will take care of
To ensure you get a lifetime of use out of your synthetic paintbrushes, clean each one immediately after using it, before the paint has a chance to dry. Wipe the brush on newspaper to remove excess paint. Then stick the brush into a bucket of warm water and move it around to remove as much paint as possible.
Next, hold the brush under running water. Run a wire brush (or a kitchen fork) down the bristles to remove dried paint. When the water running off the bristles turns clear, the brush is clean.
Let each paintbrush air dry, then wrap it with the cardboard cover it came in or heavy paper (like grocery bag paper). To keep the bristles straight, hang the brushes from a nail or hook, or store them flat.
Cheap paint rollers shed all
over the paint as you roll it on,
but they’re good because
they’re disposable—no cleanup!
Before using one, wipe
it with a self-adhesive lint
roller to remove all the
loose fuzz—no more picking
it off wet walls.
If you do a lot of roll-on
painting and use premium
roller covers that you don't
want to throw away, get a
Roller Washer ($15). You'll
be glad you did.
It's easy to use and gets
the rollers incredibly
clean—a task that takes a
long time by hand, and even
then you rarely get a truly
clean nap. Just hook up the
hose to a faucet, slide the
roller cover into the tube,
and watch the water flush
out the paint in minutes. Order the Roller Washer online by typing “roller cover washer”into your search window.
Cut in the perimeters of ceilings with ceiling
white and a 3-in. brush. Don't worry if you lap
over onto the wall. Roll on a second coat of
ceiling paint in the opposite direction of the
Soak oil brushes in
cleaning solvent without
bending the bristles
and ruining the
brush! Clip a
medium or large
binder clip around the
handle of a brush and
spread the arms to span a
cleaning container so the
brush bristles don't touch
Hang your paintbrushes out of harm's way by installing a
couple of screw eyes or cup hooks on the bottom of a
couple of rafters or floor joists. Then thread the brush
handles through a stiff wire (or welding rod) and hang
it all up.
Have the necessary tools for this DIY project lined up before you start—you’ll save time and frustration.
Avoid last-minute shopping trips by having all your materials ready ahead of time. Here's a list.
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