How to clean brushes and rollers without polluting the environment
An easy to use cleaning system
This system is based on the use of two containers in which brushes, roller sleeves and other equipment are first washed and then rinsed. By rotating the containers the solids in the paint are separated from the liquid making it easier to dispose of each component.
This system will work well for both waterbased and solventbased (oil or alkyd) paints. For solventbased paints use mineral turpentine and any other paint solvent recommended by your local Resene ColorShop or Reseller.
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.
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, follow the same procedures as for waterbased paints but with these exceptions:
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 while you take a lunch break. Similarly put your roller into a plastic bag and tape it around the handle or submerge the roller in the paint in your roller tray to keep the paint moist during your break.
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