If you process polyester and epoxy resins on a regular basis, it is customary to clean all tools such as vent rollers, Japan spatulas etc. after your job. That way, you can reuse them. In this article, you can read how to clean various auxiliary materials.
You can easily clean used brushes and rollers with acetone. Just place the brush or roller in a mixing cup filled with acetone and press the resin out of it. Some customers do not wash brushes and rollers because buying a new brush or roller is less expensive than investing in acetone (or another cleaning agent) and labour hours.
Please note: when the acetone evaporates, the residual resin on the roller or brush can still partially harden. Therefore, make sure you rinse the roller or brush well with acetone and make sure no resin residue remains on it.
In practice, a bucket with a lid is very effective. Make sure the bucket contains a good layer of acetone. Brushes, rollers and tools can be cleaned in the bucket. Keep the lid closed as much as possible to prevent the acetone from evaporating. If you often process polyester or epoxy, you can also use two buckets: one with dirty acetone and one with clean acetone. First, rinse the brush or roller in the dirty acetone and then in the clean acetone. Do this until the clean acetone has become too dirty. Then prepare a new bucket of clean acetone.
You can clean vent rollers and other tools by soaking them in acetone, possibly using a brush. Resin may have gotten between roller and roller bracket. It is better to dismantle the vent rollers (there is a screw on the end of the bracket on most rollers) and then rinse them well.
Have you been using epoxy resin? Then use vinegar and a brush to clean your tools. This way, your vent rollers and putty knives will always stay in top condition!
If you spill resin while working, you can easily clean it with a cloth and a small dose of acetone.
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