I canot speak for Bob F either.....but I can for Bob K...
In OC, CA we have a toxic waste drop off center where they take
household chems no longer wanted, needed or unusable. Any items that
are in re-usable condtion they put in the "free store" & you can take
up to 5 itmes per week. Fertilizer, spa / pool chems, paint (brush &
spray) household cleaners, DIF wallpaper remover, etc......Once I found
out about this deal, I never paid for Spa chems again.
I never took any of the brush / roll on paint but I got lots of spray
spray paint, carb cleaner & motor oil.
.......latex paint is not made with latex rubber; in fact the name
"latex" is really just a decorative way to describe rubber-based
paint. Latex paint is a carefully formulated polyvinyl material with
acrylic resin and has never contained natural rubber. ,.......
Why can't you wrap the "toxic" paint roller in a plastic trash bag and THEN
put it in the landfill? Since plastic NEVER breaks down, you're golden
As to landfills "devouring" prime land, nonsense. When the dump fills, you
cover the area with topsoil and build low-cost housing on the site. The kids
that live there will look a little funny (three ears, etc.), but you'll put
the land to good use.
Washing the roller sends something like 1/2 quart of good paint
down the drain. Wrap the sleeve and stick it in the freezer. It'll
keep for years. Next time you need the same color, or you need to
touch up, just pull out the roller and thaw it.
I never clean roller covers.
Just finished painting my 3,200 sqft house with a manual roller. Took me two
weeks, part time, including preparation. I used one roller frame and cover.
When stopping work for any length of time, or overnite, I soaked the roller
in paint and wrapped the roller and frame tightly in a grocery type plastic
This keeps the roller wet and workable for at least 3 days. After I
finished painting the house, I threw away the roller cover. No cleanup.
Plastic wrap or produce bag works better. Can last for weeks or months in
frig if fully covered. Two good size grocery bags (one from each end) are
good for covering the entire tray. I've tossed that in the frig as well.
I start cleaning rollers in the laundry tub. Run the water and roll the
roller back and forth in it till a goodly portion of the paint is gone.
Then I screw it onto a 6 foot extension handle and take it out onto
the lawn. I used a hose nozzle adjusted to a powerful blast to wash
and spin the roller. At first, I hit the roller fairly directly so it spins
slowly, sweeping the water back and forth across the roller. Tip the
roller so it doesn't spray you. As it gets cleaner, move the water spray
to hit the roller on the edge so it spins very fast. When it's all clean,
spin it very fast and remove the water quickly so it spins dry.
I never have problems with rollers I clean this way.
Vacuum cleaner or a spinner for the fuzz. As everyone else said,
buying a decent roller cover prevents shedding and always use the
minimal necessary nap thickness for your surface.
I clean rollers not to save money, but to make sure I have one around
next time I need it. The best trick I know of for rollers is to scrape
the majority of the paint back into the can with a stir stick or 5 in 1
tool and fill a bucket with water. Fill with bucket with water and
submerge the roller in it. Shake it around under water, dump the
bucket, and refill it. It usually takes me around 4 fills to get it
completely clean. You know you're done when the water stays clear.
If you do it this way, the roller will dry soft and with no stiff paint
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