I've had some marginal success using a garbage bag to line a 5 gallon
bucket that I use to paint from using a bucket screen and a roller.
Clean-up is a snap, but sometimes the bag will get in the way of the
roller a little. Twirling up the bag excess with my finger and taping
it to the outside of the bucket helped. Right now I'm thinking about
whether to spray water or soap water to the inside of the bucket to
make the bag cling to the inside.
Any other ideas?
P.S. I've already tried using loops of tape between the bag and the
bucket and I didn't like they way that worked.
Forget the trash bag - it is in the way. Get a large rubber or plastic
spatula (the kind for scraping bowls in the kitchen) - scrape the
remaining paint out of your bucket, rinse with hot, soapy water. Finis.
After a long painting job, the paint dries on too much above a certain
elevation in the bucket. Then next time, those remnants flake off
into new paint. Not having to wash out a bucket is way too nice to
go back. The method I have so far is easily better, I'm just trying
to improve upon it.
Poke a hole in the bottom (or side) of the bucket and suck the air out with
a hose. Got a "seal a meal"? Make sure you have something to plug the hole
with though. Maybe use a big rubber band to seal the top of the bucket.
Just let the extra bag hang down the side or cuff it before putting it in
the bucket so its inside and stays clean until you are ready to close up.
Soapy water inside won't hurt and will prevent any paint overspill from
sticking and drying.
Ooooh, that vacuum idea gave me another idea: I have a bucket lid
that would really clamp the top of the bag off to hold a vacuum.
Then, it'd just be a matter of cutting a giant hole in the lid so that
only the outer ring remains. It'd be a re-usable bucket bag sealer.
Insert bag, pound ring over top, vacuum out air, plug/duct tape. Me
Here's an update: I was going to try the bucket lid as a ring, but my
lid was bit too tight, so I compromised:
I sprayed the inside of the bucket with a mist of water and inserted
the bag. I used wide tape to tape most of the edge of the bag around
the outside of the bucket after filling the bag with some water to
simulate the paint. Then, I vacuumed out the excess air and taped the
last bit up and used the bucket to paint. It worked like a charm.
Maybe next time I'll experiment with using just the vacuum or a wet
mist rather than both. It took me 3 minutes to make, and 0.25 minutes
to clean up.
It is a better practice, with a large amount of paint, to pour into a
smaller container and refill when needed. You can run a strip of foil
around the rim of the larger bucket to keep it from getting loaded with
paint. Washing a bucket doesn't seem worthy of such contemplation.
Got anything you can pull a vacuum with? Add a valve to the lower side of
the bucket, and a big rubber band at top to make a seal, and pull a vacuum
on the space between the bucket and the bag.
Good grief! Put in a heavy duty trash bag. Fill with paint. Drape
trash bag over the side and turn under the edge. Wrap a bungee cord
around the rim. Don't know how you'll get the paint off the bungee
cord, but we'll think of something :o)
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