cleaning oil based primer from rollers

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  • The cost of cleaning a roller with this type of paint on it is just not worth the effort. New roller covers cost around four dollars on the higher end for a standard nap and sized roller. You will need to purchase a six dollar can of reducer, something to hold it in. Spend the time on cleaning it. Then have to deal with the byproduct because you cannot just dump it on ground or down a drain. If your doing a lot of painting and you need a few days between the job. You can simply cover the roller with plastic wrap to seal it from the air, then put a plastic baggie over it all and secure it with a rubber band. When your ready to paint again, take the plastic off and your good to go! I purchase multi-packs of roller pads and scrape the paint off of them and put them into trash. My labor rates for my guys to save these covers is just to much to warrant it. We will cover them overnight however if were not done with job.
  • 3po3 3po3 on Dec 27, 2011
    Couldn't agree more. If nothing else, for the environmental reasons, it's too much trouble to clean the rollers, then try to dispose of the residue.
  • Bernice H Bernice H on Feb 18, 2012
    Thank you, thank you guys! I absolutely HATE trying to clean rollers or brushes. What a waste of time and water! Hubs runs and runs the water, cleaning cleaning cleaning! Drives me up a wall. You know where the water is going, too. I have always stuck mine in a plastic bag, to reuse soon,and sometimes even put them in the freezer for another painting down the road. I just paper towel off as much paint as I can if I am going to save them for much later. My other neat thing(I think) is I line my tray with foil or plastic wrap or a plastic bag, then I dont have to clean the tray either!!! When I am done painting I am tooo tired to mess with a mess! Thank you Steve and Woodbridge for validating me.
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