Easy Painting Ideas, Cleanup Tips

Necessity is the mother of invention. However, I like my theory better – laziness is the granddaddy of invention, and I use it every day. I am a pro at finding easier ways to do things that save time but give me the same results. I’ve composed a list of such ideas and tips that I came up with on paintingkits.net. You can go there and read them along with all the popular happening around the globe regarding paintings and artworks. 

My painting projects are no different. Even a perfectly planned painting project still needs to be cleaned up when it’s over. Just like that beautiful Thanksgiving dinner that went off without a hitch, you still needed to tackle the kitchen later on. Unless you’re a professional painter, you can easily take advantage of these little tips to make your life and your home improvement projects, easier all around.

Professionals in any line of work will always buy the best possible tools for their jobs. A chef will buy the best cutlery he can afford, and an electrician will buy such really cool stuff he usually has all his neighbors asking to borrow things.

Of course, they need these ultra-expensive tools because they will use them over and over and over. The quality will assure them that their tools, along with proper care, will last a long time. However, amateur does it yourself don’t need to buy this kind of quality. Sure, there are books and store personnel who tell you that cheap brushes will shed bristles and cheap roller pans don’t clean well. So what!

If your painting is going to involve multiple rooms with multiple colors, forget about doing one room at a time, washing brushes, cleaning rollers and scraping roller pans. Brushes and rollers take forever to clean up! Rollers will soak up ½ cup of paint that you can’t even roll onto a wall. It will, however, wash down your drain if you take the time to wash and rinse and repeat….for hours at a time.

It’s not worth it! Even with all this cleaning and rinsing, these things are still going to get rock hard within a few weeks – so if you aren’t going to use them again for months (if ever), these things should just be thrown out.

Buy a small brush, a large brush, a roller pan and a roller for each wall color you are going to use. Buy the cheapest ones you can find. They will do a darn fine job! If a bristle falls off your brush and gets stuck on the wall, pick it out!

Once your walls are done – don’t clean anything! Wrap each individual brush and roller in plastic wrap, tightly. This will keep them moist. Why do this? Because no matter how good you are, you are going to see a few spots the next day that need touching up. The last thing you want to do is head over to the sink to find your brush is soaking wet because you cleaned it the day before.

For roller pans – even with paint still in them! – slip the entire pan inside a small garbage or trash bag. Secure tightly. Again, this keeps the paint in perfect condition at least overnight because you will undoubtedly need to make a few touchup swipes of the roller the next day. Just unwrap the roller, unwrap the pan, and bingo! You’re back in business without missing a beat.

For edgers, these are definitely disposable! One per color is fine. The same thing – wrap them in plastic wrap to keep them from drying out.

Actually, if you’re anything like me, you’ll have this stuff put away carefully in a corner somewhere for four or five days ready to go because depending on the light and the time of day, you might be finding little spots that you missed for almost a week. If you keep washing brushes and rollers, you’ll never get the job done!

When you are positive your painting project is finally complete, and perfect, throw everything away. No cleaning, no soaking, no saving. You might be thinking, “But I spent $40 on all that stuff! What if I need to paint again next year?” Don’t feel bad…if you do save these things, chances are that when you take them out of storage next year you wouldn’t be able to use them anyway – no matter how well you think you rinsed out the brush or the roller, there’s always paint left behind. And paint dries like cement if you don’t get rid of it fast enough.