How to Clean Paint Rollers With an EZ Roller Cleaner

Paint rollers seem to contain no end of paint. If you really want to rinse them clean, you could stand at your sink for a long time. Or you could try the "EZ" way.

Steps

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    Use up as much of the excess paint out of the roller as you can.
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    With the roller still on the roller handle, grip the handle and point the downward at arm's length away from you.
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    Insert the roller into the cleaner. Clamp the handle. The roller head should spin freely.
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    Using a garden hose with a pistol type nozzle, begin to wet out the paint roller slowly to avoid splash back.
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    Aim just off of the center. The paint roller should spin in the jet spray of water.
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    Direct the spray slowly up and down the roller starting at the top and working your slowly downward.
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    Continue the process until it looks clean. The water should run clear.
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    Allow the roller to air dry before storing. Be sure the roller head is soft when dry. A stiff roller indicates that not all paint was removed and the roller should be discarded as it will not provide optimal coverage on your next project.
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    Store roller head in plastic bag, the type you typically get at most grocery and department stores.

Tips

  • If you will resume your project soon, you may not need to clean the roller yet. Immediately after painting, wrap roller heads in plastic bag and twist shut tightly to keep from drying out if you plan to wash roller heads. This will keep them from drying and let you continue your projects until you are ready to wash them.

Warnings

  • Work outdoors. This is still a messy process, but with practice, you can do it with a minimum of spray and splatter.
  • Note that this device is intended for use only with water based paint.
  • Collect the runoff in a bucket and dispose of it properly.

Things You'll Need

  • Your own roller, handle & sleeve
  • Pistol type adjustable water hose nozzle
  • Separate 5 gallon (18.9 L) bucket for used paint water

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Categories: Decorative Home Paintwork