Top Tip

Put a dab of colour on the outside of the paint can to easily identify the colour if future touch-ups are required.

Top Tip

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

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Step 8: Clean-up, storage & disposal

Once the painting is done, proper clean-up and disposal is an important part of any painting project.

Clean water based paints from brushes and rollers using detergent and water away from drains. 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 mineral turpentine or paint thinner away from drains.

Hang clean brushes by the handle to maintain the proper shape of the bristles.

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 or for upcoming craft projects.
  • Donate to local schools and community groups. Do not pour liquid paint down the drain. Unwanted paint should be kept in sealed containers and then disposed of via special waste collection services. Empty paint containers should be left open in a well ventilated area to dry out. When dry, recycle steel containers via steel can recycling programs. 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: Choosing the right Prep Coat

Step 4: Prepare the surface

Step 5: Let's paint Ceilings and Walls

Step 6: Let's paint Trims and Woodwork

Step 7: Which tools do I need?

Step 8: Clean-up, storage & disposal

Guide Download

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