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Old 10-22-2010, 02:46 PM   #1
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Does anyone have any tricks when it comes to washing paint rollers? A few years ago I realized I could wrap the roller in plastic if I wasn't done with a job in my home. Never had any problems whatsoever. When it comes to washing rollers, since it takes forever, I've convinced myself I waste more water washing them than the money I waste throwing them out after one job. I buy inexpensive ones for this reason. I've never found much differece between name brand rollers and cheaper ones. Brushes I invest in and wash well. Since many of you use rollers daily, are there any secret methods for washing them? I've often thought if someone invented a gadget to wash rollers that worked, they'd become instant millionaires.

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Cleaning a roller is manageable providing you use the curved edge of a five-in-one tool to first ring out as much of the paint as you can.

From there it is a pretty simple matter to alternately rinse and scrape the roller with the five in one. It usually only takes a couple of minutes to get it clean. THe fastest way to clean a roller if you have access to a hose and some outside space, is to put the roller on the end of a brush spinner and clean it with a jet of water. This way takes less than a minute.

The problem with buying one-off rollers is that all rollers, even lint free, leave little hairs being in the paint as it gets rolled out. You need to use them once or twice before they stop doing that. And of course, the cheaper the roller, the more hairs get left behind.

Speaking as someone who has a registered US patent for a painting invention, I can assure you that this kind of innovation is no road to riches.

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Do I translate the laughing smiley as a commentary on that thingamajig?

I've got to ask the meaning of "If you got it, a truck brought it" as I'm assuming the statement isn't literal.....
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This is what I do...

Roll as much of the paint off by pressing and rolling the roller hard against something, maybe a surface that was recently painted but is now dry, but any very porous surface is best. After that just use the normal technique of cleaning it in the sink. Then when its maybe 75% clean close the sink drain and fill it with hot water and some kind of soap or detergent or whatever. The cleaner should get rid of most of the rest, with a little hot water rinsing after that.
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This is an old thread, but there are some good tips on it. Start reading about page 6 or 7 for brush and roller cleaning.

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If you can let the roller soak in water overnight, it ill cut your cleaning time in half.
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Do I translate the laughing smiley as a commentary on that thingamajig?

I've got to ask the meaning of "If you got it, a truck brought it" as I'm assuming the statement isn't literal.....

Actually, it works very well and yes it is a literal statement.
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Actually, it works very well and yes it is a literal statement.
Thanks, have you been using it for long? I only ask because I've had great results with so many things during the "honeymoon" phase only to have them fail in the long run. But OTOH, for the price it's worth a try.
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Thanks, have you been using it for long? I only ask because I've had great results with so many things during the "honeymoon" phase only to have them fail in the long run. But OTOH, for the price it's worth a try.
I have used one( or two or three) for 15 years or so.
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Personally, I buy the lamb skin rollers. They're more expensive but they clean easier. You can just rinse them a few times in a bucket of water.
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A Necro thread! But there is a difference in rollers , the stipple they leave, the quality/ height of the pile, and if you want to clean them or throw them.
What are you painting, what are you using for paint,need to be answered first- but almost always a cheap cover will give you cheap results.

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