Figure 3-34. Placing a paintbrush in a
Figure 3-33. Wrapping a
paintbrush keeper for overnight storage
paintbrush for long storage
d. Reclamation. To reclaim a paint-hardened paintbrush, soak it in a commercial cleaner or a
paint remover. A mixture of equal quantities of alcohol, acetone, and benzol is also used to soften a
paint-hardened paintbrush (other than nylon). Leave the paintbrush in the solution until the bristles are
soft and pliable. If the bristles are badly bent, soak the paintbrush in machine oil and lay the paintbrush
on a heated piece of metal until the oil in the bristles sizzles. While the paintbrush is still hot, reshape
and bind the bristles with metal wire strips. After the paintbrush has cooled, wash it in mineral spirits
and rinse it with benzol or acetone. Wrap the paintbrush in paper to complete the process.
3-6. Paint Rollers. A paint roller consists of a cylindrical sleeve or cover which slips on to a
rotatable cage that is attached to a handle. The most common roller types and sizes are shown in Figure
3-35, page 3-28.