Cleaning equipment and the premises

 

Using the right tools makes painting easier and gives top results.

Using the right tools makes painting easier and gives top results. Make sure to keep these tools in good shape. Paintbrushes and rollers must be carefully cleaned once the work is done. Dried or hardened paint is very difficult to remove.

Cleaning paintbrushes
Removing dried paint from a brush
Cleaning paintbrushes or rollers with a wringer

Cleaning paintbrushes

Checklist

  • Cleaner with active oxygen Polyprep 771-135 (liquid) or 771-136 (powder)
  • Brush and Roller Cleaner Polyprep 771-141
  • Polyprep 875-104 or 875-105 thinner
  • Paintbrush comb
  • Shallow metal or glass container
  • Clean, dry rags
  • Old newspapers
  1. Remove excess paint from brush with a paintbrush comb.
  2. Wash paintbrush with the thinner or cleaner corresponding to the type of paint used.
  • Water-based: Water and cleaner with active oxygen Polyprep 771-135 or 771-136
  • Solvent-based: thinner Polyprep 875-104 or 875-105
  • Alcohol-based: wood alcohol or cleaner for brushes and rollers Polyprep 771-141, rinse with clean water to remove residual cleaner.
  1. Dry paintbrush by wiping it with a clean, lint-free rag or by shaking it briskly.
  2. Comb bristles with a paintbrush comb so they regain their original shape.
  3. Place paintbrush back in its original packing or put inside a newspaper folded in two. If you place paintbrush in a newspaper, flatten each edge and fold newspaper tight against the bristles. Next fasten the newspaper above the metal band that holds the bristles using a rubber band or a string. Then hang paintbrush by the hole in its handle or lay it out flat. Never stand paintbrush on the ends of its bristles.

Removing dried paint from a brush

Checklist

  • Polyprep 875-105 thinner
  • Polyprep 771-140 paintbrush and roller cleaner
  • Paintbrush comb
  • Clean, lint-free rags
  • Old newspapers
  1. Use Polyprep 802-105 remover to soften natural bristle brushes and Polyprep 771-140 cleaner for synthetic bristle brushes. If you are using Polyprep 802-105 remover, clean the brush afterwards with Polyprep 771-140 cleaner.
  2. Clean bristles with a paintbrush comb or fork and rinse in clean water.
  3. Repeat until clean and rinse with clear water to remove residual cleaner.
  4. Place paintbrush back in its original packing or put inside a newspaper folded in two. If you place paintbrush in a newspaper, flatten each edge and fold newspaper tight against the bristles. Next fasten the newspaper above the metal band that holds the bristles using a rubber band or a string. Then hang paintbrush by the hole in its handle or lay it out flat. Never stand paintbrush on the ends of its bristles.

Cleaning paintbrushes or rollers with a wringer

Checklist

  • Cleaner with active oxygen Polyprep 771-136
  • Paintbrush comb
  • Roller scraper
  • Clean, lint-free rags
  • Wringer
  • Four 19-liter containers
  1. Pour paint thinner in three containers of 19 liters with the appropriate cleaner for the type of product used. Each pail should contain about 6.36 liters of paint cleaner or thinner. The fourth empty pail will be used to spin dry the tools.
  2. Remove any excess paint from paintbrush or roller using a paintbrush comb or a long-handled scraper.
  3. Briskly swirl paintbrush or roller in the first 19-liter container using the wringer.
  4. Squeeze paintbrush or roller inside the 4th empty pail using the wringer.
  5. Repeat step 3 in the second 19-liter container. The second container should pick up less paint than the first. Dry spin in the 4th container.
  6. Repeat step 3 in the third 19-liter container. The fluid in the third container should remain clear. Dry spin in the 4th container.
  7. Dry and put away the paintbrush or roller as described on the preceding page.