How to Store a Paint Roller

When painting, it can be time consuming to clean out your paint roller at the end of the day. To eliminate clean up time between coats, store the roller in an empty potato chip tube.

After removing any excess paint, simply slip the roller into the chip tube.

Slide the roller off the frame.

Put the plastic lid on the container to seal out air and keep the paint roller from drying out before the next coat.

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.


  1. The quickest and easiest way to save a roller is to just stick it in a bread bag. (You can leave it on the handle!) Squeeze out as much air as possible, and place it in your freezer. Next day, or week, remove the roller from the freezer and allow it to thaw while you get the rest of your tools ready. Work some fresh paint into it in the roller tray, and it’s ‘good to go’!!

    A bread bag is a clean way to remove and dispose of a roller when you are through with it! Slip the bag over the roller, pull off the roller, close the bag, and throw!

  2. Hi Gary, I agree. A plastic bag is an excellent way to keep paint-roller sleeves fresh. Although, freezing them isn’t usually necessary unless you’re not going to get back to painting for over a week, and if that’s the case, you’re better off just cleaning the sleeve.

    I’ve found that placing the roller sleeve in refrigerator keeps it frest for days. And it’s important to squeeze out all the air before sealing the bag with a twist tie. Thanks for writing, Gary, and good luck!–Joe T.

  3. There is actually a product out there(The “Roller Keeper”) that pulls roller covers off of the frame and stores wet roller covers for months at a time. Currently this product is being utilized by Apartment complexes, Universities and the military as a way to reduce landfill waste and save water. This product pays for itself the first time you use it! Go to to view a product demontration. You will be glad you did!

  4. Hello Everyone. Coming soon for 2017. Made in USA.
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