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Author: Hunzi Big red star, 1000 posts Old School Fool Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: of 4657  
Subject: Re: Neat tips and tricks Date: 3/21/2002 7:02 PM
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If you have finished with a roller for the day but still need it for the next, place the roller cover, still wet, in a clean and dry Pringles can, place in the fridge. The next day just let it come to room temp and you are good to go.

I know it sounds like a good tip, but why not take the 5 minutes to wash out the brush or roller? If you're using good quality brushes and rollers, the last thing you want is to have them gunked up with paint. And any bits of semi-dry paint could ruin your paint job. We always wash out our brushes and rollers right away.

For a roller, wash it under running water until no paint runs, check the inner part of the roller for any bits of dry paint, then give it one more rinse. Then run your hand down it, forcing all the water off, shake any extra water off (centrifical force), and let it stand on end to dry overnight. Takes 5 to 10 minutes. If you're concerned it may not be dry in time, buy 2 rollers and alternate them. (If you have a multi-day paint job.)

Brushes are even more important to keep clean because they are costly and a poorly maintained one can really make your work harder. A good 2.5" cut in paint brush can cost $25 and up. It only makes sense to take a few minutes to maintain it and then you'll get years of use from it. Wash it under running water until you see no more paint, and then double check it for any paint bits, shake it out to dry (then beat it back and forth across your hand a few times to check how wet it is), then hang it to dry.

Here's a tip, make sure you never completely cover the brush with paint, it should never have paint more then halfway up the brush, that's how paint gets up in the hard to clean areas and gunks up the brush

I think sometimes we like tips like that because they are sooo easy, but quick and dirty really ends up costing time and money in the long run, because you either have to replace your equiptment too soon, or redo a paint job with bits of crud in it, or worse, live with the results of a shoddy job.

Always ;-)
Hunzi
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