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Old 04-15-2019, 06:26 PM   #1
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How do I clean paint equipment in office


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Never ever thought I'd have another paint question, but here I am.

When I painted my house I used the hose out in the side yard to clean brushes, rollers and buckets. Easy peasy. Yeah my grass was tinted with color for awhile but nothing major and it was back to normal quickly.

Now I'm painting an office room. Theres a small restroom sink in a tiny bathroom. I live 15 minutes away. I can't clean equipment in the office building. Maybe I can wrap everything in Saran wrap so brushes don't dry out, hurry home, then clean up at home?

Which made me wonder how pros clean up when painting cOmmercial buildings or even residential.
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Old 04-15-2019, 07:51 PM   #2
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I save plastic grocery bags. Wrap brushes with no air pockets at the end of the day until I can wash. Use a brass bristle wire brush(or in a pinch a regular wire brush)/brush rake(comb) combo to finish it off after 90% of the paint is out. Wash again until the water runs clear and no buggers-n-bits are left in the brush. Kick out water, comb and shape, hang to dry. Truth, I rarely wash roller covers. At 3-4-5 bucks a pop, doesn't seem worth it to waste all of that time and water. It goes into a plastic grocery bag until I can trash it. Depending on the paint and what I am painting, I might just wrap the roller frame with loaded roller cover still on in a plastic bag, nice and snug with no air pockets, and use it the next day. Lazy? Eh, I don't think so, and in most cases it doesn't present a problem. First dry roll out of the bag the next day goes onto a piece of cardboard. Reload and go at it.

I love me some plastic grocery bags and cardboard.

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Old 04-15-2019, 10:03 PM   #3
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A small airtight Plastic container, from a dollar store, comes in handy for transporting these to a wash sink elsewhere.

Rubber- Maid makes them that look and act just like Tupperware.

A plastic cake pan sized one is only a couple of $, there.

And everything stays clean, no paint on your car seats, carpet, or steering wheel.

You do use rubber gloves and remove them?


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Old 04-15-2019, 10:21 PM   #4
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I wrap up everything neatly in painters' plastic. When I get home, I have dinner, play with the baby, take the big one to his soccer practice, wash the dishes, take out the recyclables, feed the fish, blah blah blah. Three days later I throw everything away.
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I've had brushes that have been wrapped in a plastic grocery bag for over 2 weeks because i just haven't gotten around to washing them. Just as long the brush was wrapped with no air pockets, with a little help from a wire brush they washed up with no ill effect. Mind you, i'm a bit obsessive about not getting paint up in or around the ferrule. I gotta admit, I still hate washing brushes at the end of the day. But it is a good feeling to have 5 brushes freshly cleaned, combed and shaped, hung to dry and ready to go the next day. I will not paint with a freshly washed and wet/damp brush.
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I couldn't count the times I've wrapped brushes/rollers up in plastic [usually bags] and put them in the van until I could get home to wash them. As long as the plastic is tightly wrapped and not set in the hot sun the wet paint will keep for days, sometimes longer.
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Old 04-16-2019, 07:31 AM   #7
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Take empty five gallon bucket.

Fill part of the way with water.

Dunk any tools in and take home.

let sit for a week and a half cuz you're too lazy/forgetfull

Eventually clean it.

Simple!!
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Take empty five gallon bucket.

Fill part of the way with water.

Dunk any tools in and take home.

let sit for a week and a half cuz you're too lazy/forgetfull

Eventually clean it.

Simple!!
Do you put roller covers in there? I tried it a few times. The roller covers float and one side is out of the water, so the paint on that side dries out. Or even if I figure out how to keep the thing submerged, it seems like the paint still somehow hardens under water. Do you scrape the paint out first?
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Buy a bar fridge, used, wrap brushes and rollers in plastic wrap and keep them in the fridge. Take them home for cleaning when done.
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Do you put roller covers in there? I tried it a few times. The roller covers float and one side is out of the water, so the paint on that side dries out. Or even if I figure out how to keep the thing submerged, it seems like the paint still somehow hardens under water. Do you scrape the paint out first?
No mine always sink... Either that, or they are weighed down by the frames, grids an brushes and stuff on top, but I've never had one dry out in the bucket. If I have any available, I like to dump a little simple green in the bucket too.
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Do you put roller covers in there? I tried it a few times. The roller covers float and one side is out of the water, so the paint on that side dries out. Or even if I figure out how to keep the thing submerged, it seems like the paint still somehow hardens under water. Do you scrape the paint out first?



I always keep the cover on the frame until it's been cleaned [frame needs cleaning too] I'd don't recall ever having the cover float to the top or the paint dry when submerged with water. I normally take a putty knife and rake most of the paint off of the cover first.
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Buy a bar fridge, used, wrap brushes and rollers in plastic wrap and keep them in the fridge. Take them home for cleaning when done.
@Nealtw , this used to be a good option but with the changing of paint formulas and the use of waterborne paints, it is risky. The cold/cooling effect on newer, high quality paints can cause the brush and roller to "gum up" overnight making them unusable.
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@Nealtw , this used to be a good option but with the changing of paint formulas and the use of waterborne paints, it is risky. The cold/cooling effect on newer, high quality paints can cause the brush and roller to "gum up" overnight making them unusable.

I guess I have been buying that low quality stuff.
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If you wrap them up good, I really dont see why putting them in the fridge is any better than not.
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Wrapping roller sleeves and using to finish a job, yes

But, now-a-days sleeves aren't worth cleaning and reusing.

I clean my brushes immediately after each use.

If there is no place to clean up I charge for new brushes.

If I use an area/sink to clean up I make sure it's spotless when I'm done.
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