Painting homes can be a lot of work, especially if you decide to do it on your own. Without the help of a professional, you not only have to clean up but take care of the tools, too. From the usual brushes to the more complex paint equipment, like the ones you’ll see on Herrick Industrial Supply, you need your tools to last a long time.
Paint tools have to be in perfect shape each time because dirty bristles can ruin a paint job and you wouldn’t want streaks on your walls. So here are some guidelines on caring for the tools after a paint project.
Cleaning Your Brushes
Rinsing methods differ depending on the type of paint. Removing water-based paint requires warm water and soap. For oil-based paint, use odorless mineral spirits.
Do not soak the water for a prolonged period because once the water reaches the ferrule (the metal part of the brush), this soaks up the water and it will eventually loosen.
Do not shake the excess water off the brush. When drying brushes, hang them by the handle to keep the water away from the ferrule. The drip-dry method is the best way to get rid of moisture.
Storing Your Brushes
Avoid resting the paint brush upright on any surface or else the bristles will likely curl over time. Proper storage also entails using the brush’s protective cover. But if you’ve misplaced it, you can always make your own with cardboard and duct tape using a similar brush’s cover as your guide.
Another way to store your paint brush is by wrapping it in paper towel or sheet of newspaper and securing it with a rubber band.
A new coat of paint will update your home. But after the project, make sure your brushes are clean and have adequate storage. This will allow you to reuse your tools for future paint jobs.