Keep a Paintbrush From Drying Out Between Coatscomments (19) July 1st, 2010 in Blogs
Video Length: 2:13
Produced by: John Ross
Wet paintbrush storage
Don R. Simon, Jr., from Bremerton, Washington writes:
For years I have used plastic sandwich bags to store my wet paint brush till the next coat was ready or till the next workday. I would just open the bag and stuff the brush inside. The problem with this method is that it's messy. Paint gets all over the opening of the bag, and the brush's handle.
Here's a method that I've devised that allows me to minimize the mess while still achieving a virtually air-tight seal. As shown in the drawing (location), I cut a small wedge out of the side of the bag about 1 1/2 in. above its corner. Now I can insert the wet brush handle first, with the opening of the bag wide enough to keep the wet bristles from making contact with the self-sealing strip. Once the brush is in the bag I pull the handle down until the brush neatly tucks into the corner against the bottom of the bag. Next, I wrap the bag around the brush, seal its ziplock strip and wrap a piece of tape around the whole thing to keep it tightly bound. The wet brush will stay fresh for days.
This also works great for clean brushes that are dry and ready to store. Just wrap the excess part of the bag around the brush and secure with some tape or rubber band. Your clean brush now has the bristles protected and the bag is ready if you wish to reuse it to store that brush when it is full of paint.
posted in: Blogs, painting, brush, cleaning
If you have a tip that you would like to share, visit our new Readers Quick Tips blog to post text, photos, and links to videos. Or, send us an email at: firstname.lastname@example.org
About this Blog
Have your ever been frustrated building something and mumbled to yourself, "There's got to be a better way"? Then we've got just what you need.
Watch our There's a Better Way videos to see Fine Homebuilding editor-at-large Chuck Miller demonstrate his favorite tips sent in by readers like you.
If you've got your own creative solution to a home-building problem, post it in our submit a tip blog, or email it to Fine Homebuilding, and we might put it in the magazine or in one of these videos. Thanks!