I have an upcoming painting job for a customer. It's been a
year since I did
any painting. I have my materials but realized I didn't get
any cleanup items.
Disposable rags etc. Could someone give me their input on
what I'll need.
Latex painting only and some baseboard replacement.
Can a recently used brush be wrapped in saran wrap and
placed in a fridge for use the next day ?
Would it also work with a roller cover ?
There's no time to re-teach you to paint/clean before the job, but ...
brushes and rollers can be put in the freezer (not the fridge). They thaw in
about 2 minutes after you dip them in room-temp paint the next day.
I never tried freezing them, I'll try that next time, but I do always wrap
up rollers and brushes ( sometimes the whole tray too) and put them in the
fridge overnight so they are ready for the next coat or rest of the job.
Never had a problem even if I missed a day and they sat 2 days.
Then when you wash that brush and roller cover, use warm water and a little
shampoo, and rinse a few times, comb the brush with an old comb then let
them dry with the nap or bristles not touching anything.
I always keep lots of rags around when painting, a few wet and most dry,
anything absorbent will do, though I prefer cut up old bath towels to
anything I have ever found sold as disposable rags. The "box of
rags"..really heavy duty paper towels actually, that they sell at Home
Depot etc will work OK in a pinch though, the most important thing is to
have plenty of them.
I clean my brushes every day and sometimes during the day. I buy good ones
and take care of them. The paint tends to wick up the brush. A brush has
built in air pockets. I have a hard time believing a wrapped brush is going
to deliver a quality job the next time you use it.
I wrap my rollers very tightly in a standard kitchen trash bag (double layer
this way) and leave them where ever. I have never put them in the Fridge
and they have been fine to use at least a week later. Actually a pre-soaked
roller works better than a new roller.
Freezing the tools is a good idea if you're using oil paint, since it's such
a pain in the ass to clean off. For latex, why bother? You can thoroughly
clean a brush in 3 minutes. Make sure you have one of those metal tools with
teeth on one side (to separate the bristles as you run lots of water
through). Those tools usually have a curved edge on the other side for
cleaning rollers. For soap, use a very basic shampoo without any sort of
conditioner in it, like baby shampoo, or VO5, both of which are cheap.
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