Maintaining painting supplies

High-quality painting supplies are long-lasting when properly maintained. That’s why Cover Story painting supply kits include equipment that has been specially tested and selected to last from one use to the next – so you can tell your story across multiple surfaces.

Cleaning instructions for painting supplies depends on the paint thinner used. Cover Story paints are waterborne, which means that they can be cleaned off with water only. It's easiest to clean the accessories immediately after painting.

*Remember that painting supplies must not be washed directly under the tap as wet paint is classified as hazardous waste.


Wipe any excess paint off on the edge of the paint tin and dab off residual paint onto some newspaper.

Put the brushes in a separate container such as a bucket. Cover Story paints will wash off tools with just water. However, if you want to use detergent, remember that the run off is hazardous waste.

To prevent paint from escaping from the drain to the environment, do not wash painting tools directly under the tap or hose. After soaking, wipe away any paint that comes off the brushes on paper or a rag. You can then rinse the painting tools under the tap.

Allow the paint residue to settle to the bottom of the bucket. Water that has separated from the residue can be poured down the drain. Once the residue has dried on the bottom of the jar, you can put it in mixed waste. Any moist residue and washing liquid must be taken to a hazardous waste collection point.


It's best to clean the roller in a paint tray. The roller absorbs paint, so squeeze the extra paint off the roller before soaking it. The Cover Story mixing stick can be used to help remove paint from the roller. Drag the roller along the stick from top to bottom. Surplus paint can be poured from the tray back into the paint can or into a separate container for reuse or recycling.

Soak the rollers using the same method as with the brushes then, again with the help of the stick, squeeze the water from the rollers. Allow them to dry, for example on a rag. You can reuse a roller with a different paint even if its surface has taken on a little color. The old paint does not stain the new wet paint.

The next day

If you plan to take a longer break or continue painting the next day, store the painting equipment in a closed plastic bag. That way you don’t have to wash your tools multiple times.

If you have forgotten to wash your tools and brushes have become dry and hard, you can lightly scrape off the dried paint and soak the brushes in water. If this doesn't help, recycle the dried rollers and brushes to mixed waste.

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