Clean brushes and paint rollers

How to clean your painting tools? How to wash a roller after application? How to wash your brushes properly? Once the painting is finished, the cleaning of the painting tools begins. Roller, brush or spray gun, not all of them can be cleaned in the same way. Careful maintenance of your painting equipment will help you keep it in good condition and for a long time. Depending on the nature of your tools and the type of paint used, you will need to proceed differently and with different cleaning products. Discover the cleaning guide to learn everything you need to know about washing your paint accessories and storing your paint rollers and brushes.

How to clean a paint brush?

Painting with a brush makes it possible to clear corners and apply the paint to surfaces that are difficult to access or require precision. There are many brushes available depending on the surface to be painted and the type of paint chosen: rectangular, rechamped, long-haired, etc. It is therefore important to wash your brushes after each use in order to keep them for future work. If you do not maintain your brushes, the bristles of the brush will harden and it will no longer be usable.

Cleaning according to the type of brush

The first thing to determine is the nature of your brush. During the first use, the cleaning method is not the same depending on whether the bristles of your brush are made of synthetic or natural material. Thereafter, the way it is maintained will be the same.

It is advisable to keep your protective gloves on when cleaning your painting utensils, to place yourself in a ventilated room and to keep children and animals away. You will need to purchase some specific products. Make sure you buy them at the same time as your paint and equipment in order to have all the necessary items.

Prepare your brush before first use

For a first use of a paint brush, here is the method to follow:

  • In the case of natural hair brushes, you must soak it in linseed oil at ¾ hair for a full night. The next day, you will gently rub it with soapy water to remove any traces of paint. Then you will wring it out without twisting the bristles by maintaining pressure from the ferrule towards the tip of the brush.
  • For a brush made of synthetic bristles, the way of doing this is essentially the same. Simply soak it in water instead of linseed oil at the same time, then clean it with clean water and wring it out as in the case of a natural hair brush.

If you have bought your brushes second-hand or from a private individual or if you have borrowed them from a friend, do not hesitate to ask if this step has already been done or not.

Clean your brushes well after painting

When your brush has already been used, cleaning the brushes no longer depends on the nature of the hair, but on the nature of the paint you have used. Glycerol or acrylic paint, the methods differ.

To wash the brushes after application, here is the technique:

  • If you need to clean a brush that has been used to apply acrylic paint, the cleaning will mainly be done with water. The paint used is itself water-based, so washing with water will remove the paint from the brush bristles.
  • If you have painted with oil paint, which is partly composed of solvent, you will need to use a solvent such as white spirit to clean your brushes.

In all cases, it all starts with wringing the brush out of a cardboard or paper. You must remove as much paint as possible to facilitate its maintenance.

Then, you clean it with soapy water if it is acrylic paint or solvent if it is glycerol until all traces of paint have been removed.

For water-based painting, all you have to do is wring it out as described above without twisting the bristles. For glycerol, you must first pass it under warm soapy water before squeezing it out. In both cases, the brush must be rinsed with clean water. After removing excess water from your brush, use a clean cloth to finish drying it.

How to choose the right color?

A colour advice adapted to the space you want to paint.

The choice of paint colours is not so complicated. Follow our 4-step plan and create your own original and tasteful colour palette.

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1st step: warm or cold colours?

Colours emit a sensation of temperature, and by nature we perceive them as warm or cold. In the illustration, you see a division between warm colours (red, orange, yellow), cold colours (green, blue, purple) and neutral colours (brown, grey).

Are you moving towards wall paintings in warm or cold colours? First, it takes into account the function of space. In an active place (entrance hall, kitchen), you want to stay alert and dynamic and you will preferably use cold colours. In a passive space (bedroom, living room), you especially want to find rest and you will therefore use warm shades.

Also observe the entry of light into space. Is there much or little natural light entering it? The light from the North makes the hues colder, while the light from the South makes them logically warmer. In a living room on the north side of your home, you will probably apply particularly warm colours to the walls.

You cannot isolate the colours of the paints from other colours and materials in the room. Ultimately, your interior must form a harmonious whole. So also look at flooring, curtains and drapes and furniture. A wooden floor naturally gives off a feeling of warmth, while tiles or concrete give an impression of coldness, which can be balanced by a warm tint on the walls.

And finally, the level of gloss of the paint has an influence on the temperature felt. A matt finish looks warmer, while a glossy finish, although of the same colour, looks colder.

2nd step: how to choose your colour group?

Choose your favourite group of shades, for example Contemporary Blue.

The Levis Colour Mix colour wall is divided into two blocks of colours: Contemporary and Timeless. Contemporary shades are light and bright; timeless are soft and grey.

Step 3: How to choose your accent color?

The accent colour is the most visible and vivid in your combination. It is applied to the point in the space that attracts the most attention.

In the living room, it will be for example the fireplace mantle, or the place where you would hang a painting.

In the bedroom, you will emphasize the head of the bed or on a wall along the bed.

In the office, you will paint the wall along your office furniture in the accent colour, in order to avoid that your eyes meet a too bright colour while you are at work.

It is preferable to paint a wall with windows in a light or neutral shade. If you applied an accent color here, it would quickly appear as dominant. With light coming from the front, a dark hue is drawn inwards, and the whole space will look smaller.

Step 4: How to combine colours?

For each room, choose a combination of three colours. You have the following possibilities to complete your harmony:

A tone-on-tone combination: within the same group of colours, they are arranged vertically from the lightest to the darkest. To achieve a three-tone tone-on-tone harmony, choose a light, dark and intermediate colour from the same colour group.

A combination of neutral shades: combine your accent shade with a light neutral shade and a neutral, but dark neutral shade. The neutral tones are located on the far right in the Levis Colour Mix scheme. The brown group emits more heat, while the grey group gives more of a fresh feeling.

A bold harmony: combine your accent colour with two shades from another group, for example a bluish green with a light yellow and a darker yellow.