How to Store Painting Tools

Brushes, rollers and leftover paint have to be stored properly to prolong their life. I thought I might share some useful tips that I’ve gotten from here and there on how to do this.

Most importantly, you must clean your painting tools according to the type of paint you’ve used. Most household paints are now water-based so painting tools are a lot easier to clean. Simply scrap off excess paint onto several layers of newspaper and rinse in warm, soapy water. For a paint roller, roll the excess paint onto newspaper before washing in the same way. You can also get a tool from your hardware store, like Bunnings, which squeezes the excess paint out of rollers. Cheap and very handy.

Once your painting tools are clean and dry, you can’t just throw them into a drawer and hope for the best the next time you need them. With a little help from good, old regular cling wrap, you can ensure that your painting tools stay in good condition.

Wrap your clean, dry brushes and rollers in cling wrap. The cling wrap keeps the bristles in position and keep your painting tools free from dust.
Using Cling Wrap
Cling Wrap Rollers Too

If you’ve spent a bit more to buy quality paint brushes, the brushes would have come with protective sheaths. These sheaths are not merely for packaging and marketing. They are designed to be reused over and over again to store your brushes in pristine condition.
Using the Protective Covers

I’ve also recently learnt from my father-in-law the proper way to store leftover paint long term. The air in your half-empty (or half-full 😛 ) can of paint will slowly dry out your paint. So a piece of cling wrap placed directly on the paint will protect its surface. Your paint will now stay fresh longer. Obvious, isn’t it? Talk about a DUH moment.
Placing Cling Wrap in Paint Tins
Placing Cling Wrap in Paint Tins

And before you hammer the lid closed on your can of paint, grab a piece of flat wood. Place it on the rim of the lid and gently tap the wood with the hammer. It’s a lot easier to open the lid next time if the lid is not damaged.

Hope these tips help in some way. And if you have more tips or you’ve got a better way of doing things, feel free to leave a comment. I would love to hear from you, even if it’s just to say hello!


6 Responses to “How to Store Painting Tools”

  1. susan epstein says:

    great way to store paint thanks. Hope to hear from you soon. Susan

  2. Cakoi says:

    Hai, thanks for sharing. can you teach me hoe to store painting? thanks

  3. Nadine says:

    I will pass these tips to my husband – he’s the painter in the house! And I know for a fact, he doesn’t know how to properly store his painting tools! : ) Thanks!

  4. Steph says:

    Also, Dulux has a product which can be used for waste paint you want to get rid of. Instead of pouring it down the drain, you put a sachet of the waster paint hardener in and it hardens the paint so you can throw it in the bin!

  5. sukigirl74 says:

    Great tips!
    I was also told a tip from a painter where after you have sealed your cans well (no cling wrap) you store your cans upside down, no air can get in. I’ve never been brave enough to try this one.
    One good tip I do use is to put a few little holes into the inside rim of the can so that the paint doesn’t all collect around that rim…it simply drips back into the can. It really works well….I use a nail to punch the holes.

  6. sukigirl74 says:

    I thought I would answer your question here Salihan.
    The holes are punched into that rim that runs around the inside of the can. The holes don’t go through any part that will be exposed to air once you put your lid back on.

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