How to Store Paint Rollers That Are Full of Paint

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How to Store Paint Rollers That Are Full of Paint
Store your paint roller instead of washing it. (red roller image by Nicemonkey from

Painting with a roller is an easy, fast and economical way to add an update to either the interior or exterior of a home. Rollers are easy to use and spread the paint on the surface faster than using a paint brush; however, they take longer to clean up than brushes. If you want to save the clean up time and cost of a new paint roller for each new day while completing a paint project, choose to store your paint rollers instead. Paint rollers can be stored easily and quickly during painting breaks or overnight.

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Things you need

  • Paint roller
  • Bucket
  • Paint tray
  • Thick garbage bag
  • 3 plastic grocery bags per paint roller
  • Spray bottle
  • Water

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  1. 1

    Roll the paint roller that is full of paint on the wall, on a roller tray in bucket, or on a paint tray to remove the excess paint that could drip and be wasted. You don't want the paint roller to be sopping wet with paint.

  2. 2

    Open up a thick garbage bag or a plastic grocery bag. Place the paint roller in the bag. It can still be on the pole.

  3. 3

    Wrap the plastic tightly around the wet paint roller removing any excess air. If you use a plastic grocery bag, use two or three more bags to wrap around the paint roller.

  4. 4

    Store the wet paint roller wrapped in plastic in a cold, dark place overnight or up to 2 days.

Tips and warnings

  • If you live in a hot climate or a dry climate, you can store the paint roller removed from the pole in the refrigerator or in a cooler on ice.
  • Some people freeze the rollers if they need to store them for longer than 3 days. You must let the roller thaw completely before using again.
  • When you are ready to use the roller, if the paint is a little tacky, just spray with a little water. Then roll the roller in fresh paint to begin painting again.
  • Don't forget that you can recycle your latex paint roller by washing it with water, letting it dry thoroughly, and storing it in a dry place until future use.

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