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Old 03-18-2020, 02:33 PM   #21
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I'm on my 10th room and one cover for each roller. One for ceiling and one for walls. The wall cover is just starting the breakdown. No crusty cover. I use 5in1 to remove as much as I can into paint can to save. I hook up my drill to spinner and fill a 3 gallon with water. Spin in 3 gallon. Apply dish soap. Use drill spinner with hand to get soap into roller. The roller spins in your hand. Rinse well in 1st 3 gallon bucket. Dump and fill 2nd 3 gallon bucket and spin roller with hand in water. Do a few dry spins. Final 3rd bucket and it is good. Takes me less then 30 minutes to wash 2 rollers, 2 brushes, Pelican paint holder, roller tray. End of this job (10 rooms) I have only 2 5gallon buckets of paint trash. Minus the paint cans. Actually I could have crammed it in one.

It is NOT a waste of time, energy, and water. IMO. It is a matter of priorities.

BTW: Looking for a drill spinner for the small 4" rollers if anyone has made one please share.
I used to wash the mini-rollers (not anymore)- just leave them on the handle and point the hose at them. They will spin about 50mph, and be nice and fluffy when done. Just point them away fro your face first.
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Big Rollers run a couple bucks each, and mini rollers come in at a cool $.63/ea. If you don't mind spending time cleaning, then go for it, but are you paying for your time, or is the client?
It is a matter of waste (trash) vs hassle vs $$. I feel we all should do what we can to reduce our amount of waste. If rollers can be reused without a reducing quality of work and it doesn't take me long, I'm doing my part.
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Old 03-18-2020, 04:35 PM   #23
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It is a matter of waste (trash) vs hassle vs $$. I feel we all should do what we can to reduce our amount of waste. If rollers can be reused without a reducing quality of work and it doesn't take me long, I'm doing my part.


There is a lot of clean water waste to wash out one roller cover. In my opinion roller covers rank up there with chip brushes.
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The environmental impact of producing one roller could be greater than the impact of washing one roller....IDK???
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I "grew up" in the industry washing roller covers - usually just leaving them on the frame and doing the hose spin until the water ran clean. Currently, moonlighting for a GC, the first time he saw me cleaning a cover he gave me a really quizzical "look" and said "we don't clean roller covers..." Fine by me. I always hated it.

Anyway, at this point, I don't hesitate to wrap in plastic or, with 5's, just knock it off into the bucket and fish it back out next time. (I know many would say bad idea, but I don't have trouble with it.) For generic, standby stuff like primers and flat whites, I virtually always have a "preserved" nap loaded and ready to go. For specific paints on jobs, they just get wrapped up in plastic when I'm done for the day and come back out as needed for the duration of the job. It's all about the storage.

But if I wanted to set up a cleaning system, I'd probably just gather up a pile of used 5s - maybe a 4 stage process? (I'd have to experiment). Four 5s nearly filled with water. Squeegee as much back into the bucket as you can with 5 in 1, put it on a spinner and spin the heck out of it in each bucket, spending the most time on the 1st & second rinse. Perhaps some dish soap in the middle rinses.


Then, after a few cleaning rounds, or whatever seems right, take the first 2 rinse buckets (the dirtiest) and set those aside. Move the 3rd and 4th (cleanest) to the 1 & 2 position, and replace with 2 new clean rinse buckets. Repeat.

As the temporarily retired dirty ones sit, a lot of solids will settle out. After some time, if the water has clarified well enough, just dump it off (your car's oil leak is worse than that) and let the residues in the buckets evaporate / dry out and it's good to go. Or there's apparently this thing you can do with aluminum sulfate and lime to separate the paint from the H2O. The video makes it seem more complicated than it is at first and IDK that it works on all latex based products. Or even if it's all that "green." I'm not a chemist:
I'm sure something can be figured out. But it's not on my list...
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If I've gotten good use out of a roller, I might be inclined to chunk it. But it isn't that hard to clean, especially as others have noted here scraping it out with a 5 in 1 and spinning it with a garden hose. I suspect that a lot of GC's and bosses stay up late at night wondering how people are effing them. Bottom line: They're not paying you to clean! They can write off materials but not cleaning time.
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i was never a fan of the bucket full of soggy tools on site
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i was never a fan of the bucket full of soggy tools on site

I don't do it either. I was talking about a company shop/home cleaning site ... if this is what someone would want to do.


I'm with Holland on the chip brush thing.
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Well, if you spin the roller, it's pretty close to dry. Nothing soggy about it really.

If your running a small outfit, where the back of your Subaru Forester is where you store most of your tools and your laundry room is your climate controlled paint warehouse, washing covers may make sense.

If you have 15 guys in the field using 20-30 covers /day, probably not.
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I wash out all my stuff in my backyard. I dug a hole, and slapped a utitity sink on top of it.

I also have a big rubbermaid bin to let stuff like empty buckets dry out in before I throw them in the trash. I try to dump initial paint sludge water in there too, before I wash it out in my sink area. I have a bucket under the drain, that solids kind of drop to the bottom of, so I will pour off the top of that, then pour the sludge in my rubbermaid.

I guess you can minimize your impact by having a bunch of buckets in your backyard, and pour off the top half ,and deal with the sludge on the bottom later.
That's a great idea!
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Good to use a dowel from any local store and use it.
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Buying new rollers always worked best for me.
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I've always stuck rollers I intended to use in short-order inside of a shopping bag, and either put them in the refrigerator, or the freezer, depending on how long it would be till the next time I used them. Obviously the downside being is that you had to use them in the same color. I also would suggest using your garage refrigerator. The wife won't appreciate putting a paint roller on top of the asparagus.

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I've always stuck rollers I intended to use in short-order inside of a shopping bag, and either put them in the refrigerator, or the freezer, depending on how long it would be till the next time I used them. Obviously the downside being is that you had to use them in the same color. I also would suggest using your garage refrigerator. The wife won't appreciate putting a paint roller on top of the asparagus.

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I might mentioned this before but a woman on a utility crew asked us what we did with our rollers and proudly told us she put hers in the refrigerator. It was 100 degrees and we were outside a warehouse. I told her that if we had a refrigerator on the job, it'd be full of beer- not roller covers.
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I might mentioned this before but a woman on a utility crew asked us what we did with our rollers and proudly told us she put hers in the refrigerator. It was 100 degrees and we were outside a warehouse. I told her that if we had a refrigerator on the job, it'd be full of beer- not roller covers.

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tired of leaving them in buckets/ wheelbarrows might try this freezer trick lol
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Informative!
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In the freezer. ? Cmon guys. Thats the DIY, House Wife special. If I'm on multiple jobsites, with multiple colours, am I really packing up all my rollers to bring home and shove in the freezer.? It'll be fine just wrapped in plasic for a couple days on it's own. Lable it with tape so you don't mix it up.
If your dead set on cleaning them, the 4 bucket sytem works great. You can clean a sleave out in a couple minutes if you have a spinner..I will do this on new construction sites, but don't like dumping lots of paint water at clients homes..
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