In this video, This Old House paint expert Mauro Henrique shows host Kevin O’Connor which paints are easiest to clean as well as how to clean up after a paint job.
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Mauro Henrique teaches Kevin O’Connor everything he needs to know about paint project clean-up. Mauro explains the benefits of water-based paints, such as latex or acrylic, as they’re easier to clean than oil paint and are widely available. He then shows Kevin his methods for cleaning paint brush and roller sleeves.
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Mauro Henrique gives his best tips on cleaning up after any paint project.
Water-based paint such as latex or acrylic is much more homeowner-friendly and widely available. If spilled, it can be easily cleaned with a bucket of clean water and a rag.
To clean paint brushes: Wash the brushes in a bucket of warm water. If the brush does not clean
thoroughly, rewash with soap or mild detergent. Use a metal comb [https://amzn.to/3M8e4WG] to comb out the bristles of the brush.
Rollers: Wet rollers can be cleaned with water and a 5-in-1 painters tool [https://amzn.to/42wIhUA].
Paint Cans: If you choose to dispose of paint cans, there are a few things to consider:
Check with local laws to follow proper disposal [https://www.paintcare.org/drop-off-sites/] as it differs state to state and town to town.
Never throw paint cans away in household waste. This is a potential risk for the paint to contaminate local soil or water supplies and negatively impact communities and local wildlife.
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