Removing water-based paint from rollers is easy as long as you clean them immediately after use. Plunge the roller cover into a bucket of clean warm water. Work them around the bucket and most of the paint build-up will be removed.
If you’re using oil-based paints you will need to use a mineral turpentine to clean the roller which is also known as Turps.
The first step is to clean the excess paint from your roller using a wire roller cleaner, which you clip in from the top of the roller and drag in a downwards motion pushing the excess paint back into the tin, you may need to do this several times to remove as much paint as you can.
The next step is to run your roller across a couple of sheets of newspaper to remove any further paint. Next using a Rota Cota Roller Cleaner pop your roller into the roller sleeve which fits straight in and clips into place. Once you’ve done that you’ll need to grab a hose and and connect it to the other end and place it over a bucket, once you turn on your tap you want the water to gently flow through into a bucket until the water coming out the end is running clear. After turning off the tap & disconnecting the hose you should actually leave the bucket of water for a while, perhaps overnight until the sediment settles. That way you’ll be able to pour out the excess water which will be sitting at the top allowing you to scrap out the remaining sediment onto a couple of sheets of newspaper and throw it in the bin.
Now that your roller is clean, the next step is to dry it by removing the roller from its handle and placing it on a roller dryer which is a system used to quickly rotate the roller by moving the handle up & down creating a spinning motion. Place the roller in a well-ventilated area to dry and try to let it hang freely to avoid indenting the brush it dries. Store the roller after it has dried completely.
Hints and Tips
- Keep your water-based and oil-based rollers separate.
- Clean after every use, neglecting to clean will cause the paint to harden and make it difficult to reuse.
- Wear old clothing when painting and cleaning rollers.
- Always hang your roller covers.