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The Best Way to Store Your Paint and Tools

calander Mar 20 , 2020 user-icon Nash Painting

A quality paint job requires quality products. If you don’t take good care of your paint and painting tools, your results will suffer, and you’ll end up wasting time and money in the long run. Experienced residential painting services understand this, but if you plan on painting your home yourself, you might not have given much thought to how you organize, clean, and/or store your paint and tools.

While there’s no one way to put away your painting tools, there are a number of tips and tricks that will help you maintain these items so you can use them again and find them when you need them. Let’s go over the best ways to store your paint and tools.

Get Organized

The more organized you are, the better. Interior & exterior painting experts recommend that you separate your hard tools (i.e. scrapers, utility knives, pliers, etc.) from your soft tools (brushes and roller heads). This ensures that softer items don’t get crushed or bent, and makes it easier to find exactly what you’re looking for. Hard tools and clean brushes can be kept in their own toolboxes, while clean roller heads are often best stored in a large bucket. Label your boxes and buckets for good measure.

If you have any leftover paint after completing a paint project, don’t get rid of it! After all, you might need it down the road to perform touch-ups, or to help your interior painting services use the right product. Properly store your excess paint by securing the lid and labeling the paint can in whatever way is most useful. For instance, you might label it with a note of which room or purpose it was used for, along with its exact color and finish. And make sure you store your paint in a cool, dry environment so it retains its consistency and quality.

Cleaning Your Tools After the Project

It might seem obvious, but thoroughly cleaning your tools, brushes, roller heads, etc., is crucial for proper storage and maintenance. Letting paint dry on your tools can render them useless. Different materials may require different cleaning methods, too, so be mindful of the cleaning products you use for each tool. Then, let your tools dry completely before storing them, as excess moisture can lead to damage and mold growth if contained.

Storing Brushes and Roller Heads Mid-Project

What happens if you’re in the middle of a home interior painting job but need to take an extended break? You could take the time to clean and dry your brushes and/or roller heads, but if you’re going to get back at it in a matter of hours, why put in the effort? It makes more sense to simply cover your tools so they’re ready to go when you are.

Fortunately, you can purchase covers for your paintbrushes and roller heads. These covers provide an airtight seal that keeps paint from drying out for an extended period of time. If you don’t have any covers for your brushes, you can create a makeshift solution by cutting a hole in the bottom corner of a plastic zip-up bag and placing the brush in handle first and zipping the bag closed.

What’s in Store for Your Next Paint Project?

For your next paint job, whether you hire a Nashville painting company or do it yourself, you want to save as much time and money as possible. Properly storing, cleaning, and organizing your paint and tools will help you do just that. If you want more advice on proper paint storage, Nash Painting is happy to help. To learn more about us, our services, and our values, call us at 615-829-6858 today!