In the middle of painting a room and it’s time to make dinner? Waiting for paint to dry before applying a second coat? Have to get up for work in the morning and it’s time to call it quits? If a break is all you need, then save yourself the time and energy by skipping the cleaning of the brushes and trays. Simply wrap them up tight in a plastic bag and set them in a cool dry place to keep the fresh and pliable until break time is over. It really works!
My dad taught me this trick a few years ago and man do I wish I had learned it sooner. I loath cleaning brushes, especially paint rollers. It takes forever and is extremely messy. Ain’t nobody got time for that! Instead of dealing with the cleaning hassle between breaks, I grab a grocery sack, or garbage bag, and wrap my supplies. I used this tip repeatedly when I was working on painting my son’s bedroom. This trick works great for short periods of time, approximately 48-72 hours. Any longer than that, and you will likely end up with a few stiff bristles and clumpy paint.
So, the next time you need to take a painting break, don’t waste time cleaning, grab a sack and wrap. You can thank me later.