How to clean brushes and rollers without polluting the environment
An easy to use cleaning system:
This system will work well for both waterbased and solvent (oil or alkyd) based paints. For solventbased paints use mineral turpentine and any other paint solvent recommended by your local Resene ColorShop.
Follow these steps:
In the case of waterbased paints:
By morning the paint solids in the first container will have settled down to the bottom of the container. The clear water from this container may now be poured onto the garden or any grassed or open area away from streams, rivers or lakes, where it can be absorbed into the ground.
Now to dispose of the paint solids at the bottom of the first container.
Scrape this out onto absorbent material such as old rags, shredded newspapers or cardboard boxes. Allow to dry, then place in a plastic bag and dispose of with the household rubbish or take directly to the nearest council tip.
The second container now can be used as the first wash. Use this rotation system until the job is completed.
In the case of solventbased paints:
Tips for dealing with spills:
When moving from one worksite to another:
Wrapping a paint brush in cling wrap will prevent the paint drying on the brush for at least an hour or so while you take a lunch break. Similarly put your roller into a plastic bag and tape it around the handle.
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