To avoid cleaning out brushes and rollers in the middle of a job using alkyd paints, wrap them in aluminum foil (to prevent the solvent from evaporating) overnight.
When you’ve finished painting
- Brushes should be stored flat or on their handles. Standing them on their ends will bend the bristles and spoil them.
- To reseal a can of paint so that it is airtight, wipe the rim of the can clean, replace the lid, place a block of wood over the top and tap it down with a hammer. Then quickly invert the securely lidded can to form an airtight seal which will help prevent skinning.
Handling paint and chemicals
- Only buy as much paint as you need for the job in hand. If you do need to store it, out of the reach of children.
- Don’t throw away your white spirit after use. Allow it to stand and the sediment will fall to the bottom. Then pour off the clean spirit and re-use it.
- Don’t pour paint or white spirit down the drain as the chemicals they contain can disperse and contaminate the water supply.