Taking a few seconds to care for your paint brush before you step away on a break can save time and frustration later. Paint left on a brush can start to thicken and dry after a few minutes, mucking up the paint job and making the brush harder to clean. Fortunately you don’t have to clean your brush every time you stop for a snack. The solution is simple. Slip your brush into a plastic baggie and seal it. The key is to leave paint on the brush so the bristles stay wet. If the brush will be left for an extended period of time, I’ve even lightly dipped it in water before putting it in the bag. This has kept paint on a brush wet for over a week, although I don’t recommend leaving your brushes unwashed that long. This same trick works for roller covers. Slip them into a gallon zip lock bag and they’ll be ready to go when you are.
Note: You’ll find brush and roller storage covers for sale at the hardware store. Save your money. The plastic baggies you already have in your kitchen drawer work just fine.