I was reading Practical Classics today (every-day classic car mag for those
of you who have never had the pleasure!) and there was an article about the
handy things in the kitchen to help keep your classic car on the road
Smooth peanut butter restores the shine to black plastics (its the peanut
oil that does it) - apply and buff-up
Vinegar (or that old favourite coca-cola) for de-rusting stuff
Oven for heating up bearing carriers (and freezer for contracting the
Freezer ice is a good source of de-ionised water for topping up your
Olive oil mixed with sugar makes a good hand cleanser
...oh, and using your dishwasher as a STEAM CLEANER for fiddly parts
(advice - don't use dishwasher tablets as they have salt in them, and make
sure salt reservoir empty).
Now Mrs Midge is a reasonably tolerant soul, so I showed her the photo in
the mag and explained that the thing in the pull out dishwasher rack was a
carburettor body! "That's disgusting" was the predictable reply.
On the roller cleaning question, as mentioned in one of the other replies,
I slot the handle and roller in a food-bag, get as much air out as possible,
and use the supplied wire wraps to tie the bag tight around the handle stem
to keep out the air. That way, you can avoid having to wash them until you
finally finish the job (I've had no problem storing a roller for over a week
between coats in this state).
Garden hose over a drain is good for getting the paint out when you finally
need to (start low pressure until most of the paint is out, then wind it
right up). Squeeze water out then roll in kitchen roll to wick the remaining
moisture out so it doesn't collect at the lowest point if you (say) stand
the roller on its end.
Get a nail brush for scrubbing dried paint out of brushes and off the edges