Hi Everyone… I hope you’re well and enjoying the day!
Do you dread cleaning your brushes, trays and rollers between each and every coat? Does it ever stop you from starting or finishing a project?
Wet Paint Brush Storage is an easy solution that can save you precious time by eliminating extra clean-up!
Preventing a wet paint brush from drying out between coats is not a new idea. But I’d like to share my thoughts. When I do it, when I don’t, and my favorite method of wrapping my brushes.
When I Wrap It – When I Don’t
When I paint in latex/acrylic, Homemade Chalk/Mineral Paint, or oil (which I rarely use oil based products anymore) I feel clean-up between coats is NOT necessary.
Because of the consistency of the paints mentioned above, they can be wrapped and stored for a few hours or even over night without any worry.
When I use Milk Paints or Brand Name ChalkPaints, I’m a little more careful.
I find chalk and milk paints don’t work quite as well with wet brush storage. I will usually clean them, or only leave them for an hour or so.
Another consideration is the brush.
If I’m using a better quality Purdy brush, I take better care of it and take the extra time to clean. If I’m using a cheap chip-brush or dollar store brush, it’s definitely getting wrapped!
My Favorite Method
My favorite method of wet paint brush storage is wrapping it in plastic cling wrap. The brand really makes no difference. I have a roll of no-name wrap in my paint room at all times. Plastic cling wrap sticks to itself so its super easy to seal around the brush handle so no air can leak in. Works like a charm.
The Key to Wet Paint Brush Storage
They key to wet paint brush storage is keeping some paint in the brush before wrapping it in plastic, and then removing ALL the air bubbles so the plastic creates a second skin around your brush or roller.
This method also works with paint trays. Just create a second skin of plastic wrap on top of your left over paint. This way you don’t have to keep pouring it back into the can between coats. If you’re working with a larger tray, a plastic grocery bag or garbage bag will do the trick.
Other Wrapping Methods
Other popular methods are wrapping a brush or roller in a sandwich bag, plastic shopping bag, garbage bag or a purchased paint brush cover.
Many diy tutorials state the brush or roller should then be stored in a fridge or freezer. I’ve never done this because I don’t think it’s necessary. I’ve never had a problem storing at room temperature or in my cool basement. This has always worked just fine for me.
I’d love to hear what you think of wet paint brush storage. Do you do it? If so, what do you use? And how long have you left your brush in storage before picking it up to paint again?
Have a marvelous day!