When painting, it can be time-consuming to clean out your paint roller at the end of the day.

  1. To eliminate clean-up time between coats, store the roller in an empty potato chip tube.
  2. After removing any excess paint, simply slip the roller into the chip tube.
  3. Slide the roller off the frame.
  4. Put the plastic lid on the container to seal out air and keep the paint roller from drying out before the next coat.
Today’s Homeowner Tips

If you won’t be painting for a few days, seal the top of the chip tube with tape, and put it in the refrigerator. The cooler temperature and high humidity will keep the paint from drying out until you can complete the painting job.

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Joe Truini

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Joe Truini is a contractor, author, and the host of “Simple Solutions” on Today’s Homeowner TV and the weekly Today’s Homeowner radio show. He has worked on both large commercial projects and residential remodeling, and has written for national publications such as This Old House and Popular Mechanics. He has also written eight books, including three best-selling shed-building books. Joe lives in Connecticut with his family and enjoys hiking, traveling, and baseball in his spare time.

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