Top Tip

To save cleaning up between coats, simply wrap your roller sleeve and paint brush in cling film or a plastic bag.

DIY Exteriors

Step 6: Clean-up, storage & disposal

Now that the painting is done, proper clean-up and disposal is an important part of any painting project. Here are some tips to help you clean up effectively.

Clean up water based paint from brushes and rollers using detergent with cold water away from drain. Use a brush comb and cleaner tool (available in the paint department) to remove dried and excess paint from the brush and roller.

Clean oil based paint from the brushes and rollers using turpentine or paint thinner. Always clean away from drains.

Hang clean brushes by the handle so proper shape of the bristles will be maintained.

Make sure any cloths or paper which have soaked up any oil based paint, decking oil or mineral turps are immersed in water to prevent them from becoming a fire risk.

Still have some paint leftover now that your project is complete? Here are some handy suggestions:

  • Be sure to save a small amount for touch-ups
  • Save to use on upcoming craft projects
  • Donate to local schools and community groups

Do not pour leftover paint down the drain. Unwanted paint should be kept in sealed containers & then disposed of via special waste collection services. Empty paint containers should be left open in a well ventilated area to dry out. Disposal of empty paint containers via domestic recycling programs may differ between local authorities. Check with your local council first.

Keep reading...

Step 1: How much paint do I need?

Step 2: Which sheen should I use?

Step 3: Prepare the surface

Step 4: Let's paint

Step 5: Which tools do I need?

Step 6: Clean-up, storage & disposal

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