How to Reuse Paint Rollers

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Paint rollers are cheap, but on a large project, using a new one for each coat can add up. Reusing paint rollers can save you money and is good for the environment. To keep rollers clean and reusable, clean them immediately after use. Here's how to do it.

Things You'll Need

  • Bucket
  • Putty knife or paint stirrer
  • Hose
  • Paint roller
  • Rest the paint roller on the edge of the latex paint can.

  • Scrape excess paint off the roller into the can using a putty knife or paint stirrer.

  • Turn the roller after each scrape until you've removed paint from the entire circumference of the roller.

  • Place the roller in an empty bucket with the roller handle still attached.

  • Rinse the roller with a hose, collecting the rinse water in the bucket, to remove any remaining paint while holding the roller handle.

  • Place the roller in a well-ventilated place to air dry.

Tips & Warnings

  • Rollers used with oil-based paints can not be cleaned with water. If you plan to use the roller again with 24 hours, wrap it tightly in plastic wrap to keep it moist for the next project. You can also wrap latex paint rollers in plastic wrap to keep them moist for next day usage.
  • Dispose of the rinse water in the bucket with care. Some paints are toxic and will harm the environment. Review the paint can for guidelines about disposing of paint safely.

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