by Texas Homesteader ~
When you have a painting project, each day means you’re cleaning brushes and reusing them day after day. I’ve found an easier way. See how we preserve brushes to resume painting at a later date – you’re gonna love this!
Our Painting Project
RancherMan & I have our own apiary. We have several established beehives but sometimes we’re also performing splits or catching swarms. So occasionally we’ll buy more deep-body beehive boxes.
The wooden beehives usually come unfinished. It’s up to us to paint the outside to preserve the wood against the elements.
The only thing is since we have to let each coat of paint dry before adding another coat, this often involves short painting sessions over the course of several days.
Keeping Paint Brushes Usable
What about the cleaning of the brushes between painting sessions? Will the brushes be ruined on day 2? Day 3? Day 4?
What if it takes several days before we can even resume painting?
C’mon y’all, see what we do to preserve the brushes and roller to resume painting at a later date. You’re gonna love this!
Painting Over Several Days
When we’re painting our wooden beehive boxes, we first coat the exterior of the boxes in linseed oil. Then we allow the boxes to dry and paint the exterior surfaces with an oil-based paint.
RancherMan was able to get the linseed oil coating on the wooden boxes done before this week-long spring storm rainy streak came. So now he’s anxious to begin painting to finish the job.
But with the rainy season he can’t get outside to complete the painting of the box exteriors all at one time.
So he’s painting sections of each box in his shop and allowing each side to dry before moving to the next section.
Of course we worried about a roller or paint brush that might be coated in paint being stored away until it’s needed again the next day. Maybe we can keep that paint wet on the bristles and not have to wash the paint brushes out each and every day. But how?
Using Plastic That DOES Come Into Our Home…
Y’all know how much I HATE PLASTIC in all its forms. So when the inevitable plastic comes into the house through products purchased I make sure it’s saved for further uses. At least I can get full use of the darn thing before it’s thrown away.
A large family-sized pkg of toilet paper is carefully opened so that plastic bag can be used to line our tiny trash can.
Or sometimes I use plastic bags that food was purchased in to section out single-serving portions of main dishes before placing them into a single freezer bag for the freezer when I use the Cook-Once, Eat-Twice method of cooking.
Repurposing Plastic Bags When Painting
But today that blasted plastic bag is going to save clean water from being used each day to wash the brushes.
Plus this tip is keeping excess chemical-ridden oil-based paint from being washed away repeatedly, either onto the ground or into our septic system.
And it will also save the brushes/roller from being ruined and needing to be replaced for subsequent painting sessions due to dried paint crusting the surface.
Saving Paint Brushes For The Next Day
What’s our easy tip?
Well, before quitting for the day we simply transfer as much of the paint as possible from the paint roller onto the boxes.
Then we place the roller into this perfectly-sized repurposed plastic bag, secure with a twist tie around the metal part of the roller and BOOM! The plastic bag keeps air from reaching the surface of the roller, which kept the paint from drying.
This paint roller will be ready for action tomorrow. He just picks up where he left off the day before.
But if (as is often the case) plans change and we know we won’t be able to get back to painting for awhile I’ll take it one step further. If I won’t be returning to painting for a few days I’ll place the plastic-bag wrapped paint roller into our chest freezer.
When we’re ready to paint again we just bring out the roller, give it a few minutes to thaw and BOOM! We carry on.
He can pick up right where he left off! You know anything that keeps cleanup chores down is going to be a winner, right??
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