Paint Clean Up: Wood Fence Repair & Maintenance Tips for Home Improvement

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Learn how to clean up your paint supplies after painting your wood fence in this free home improvement repair and maintenance video. View Video Transcript

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Tim Eaton

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So we are done with the paint and inside and out. The next step is going to be to make sure that you clean out all your paint tools. So you can reuse them the next time you have a job you don't have to buy new things. So since we are dealing with oil base paints we got to use either paint thinner or lacquer thinner to clean the paint out. You can't use water. If you use the water base paint however you could just rinse your paint brush out in the sink or outside with the hose and water would do the trick just fine. In our case you want to make sure that you are wearing gloves to when you are missing with lacquer thinner it is a little bit strong, it could hurt your skin sometimes so you just put some in a little bowl. Just like that. Enough so you can actually move your paint brush around in it. Take your paint brush. Dip it in there it is kind of move around the bottom. Get the lacquer thinner in between the bristles. Just kind of press it down. Spin it a little bit. Almost like you are painting the bottom of the bucket. Once you could see the lacquer thinner to start to change color you know hat you are getting the paint out and you also just got to rub it with your fingers. Like that. Give it some squeeze. Just kind of spread the bristles apart with your fingers. Make sure that you are getting the thinner in between everything. Get it nice and clean. Then once you got most of the paint out and it is basically lacquer thinner in your brush then you can take water to it whether it would be outside with the hose or inside the sink whatever. So this brush is clean. Anytime that you are dealing with oil base point in a roller you are not going to really get it clean enough to use it again so I would recommend just getting rid of the roller. It only cost about $2. You could keep the roller though just get rid of the roller pad. It slides right off. Put it in a plastic grocery bag and you could just toss in with your regular trash and that is about it for cleaning up your paint tools.