The composition of paint has changed significantly in recent years. The paint dries on brush bristles more rapidly than before. This has consequences for cleaning and storing brushes. Store and Go is a gel that lets you store brushes for weeks or even months. If you use the same paint next time, you don’t even need to clean the brush first. The gel seals the bristles off from the air so they remain flexible and don’t dry out. When it’s time to continue painting, you simply wipe off the gel in an empty container and/or wipe with a cloth. The effect of the remaining gel on the paint is negligible.
There are Store and Go systems in various sizes. The gel is also available in refill containers. It’s also ideal for storing cleaned brushes.
- User experiences
- Isolates brush bristles
- For acrylic and alkyd paint (not for moisture-curing and 2K paint systems)
- Natural gel
- Better results
- Put away brushes within half a minute
- Brush does not dry out
- Complete system
- Environmentally friendly
“Once you´ve removed the brush from the gel and wiped it with a cloth, the bristles are as good as new – unlike when you store them in water. I prefer to clean the brush first in a Clean and Go so the gel remains cleaner for longer. It also looks very professional for your customers.”
1. Can I use Store and Go with all types of paint brushes?
Yes you can. The system is suitable for all types of paint brushes, except for brushes used with very specific paint systems as moisture cured and two component paint systems and paints with an exceptional low PH value of <6.
2. Can I place water based / acrylic paint brushes in the same Store and Go pot with solvent based / alkyd paint brushes?
Yes you can. The gel will enclose the bristle and isolate it. If you use both types of paint brushes frequently you may want to consider using two Store and Go’s, one for water based (acrylic) paint brushes and one for solvent based (alkyd) paint brushes.
3. Can I place paint brushes that were used with light colors in the same storage pot with paint brushes that were used with dark colors?
Yes you can, the gel will keep paint residue from coming off the bristle. However, don’t move the brushes around in the gel too much. Cleaning the brushes before storage helps to keep the gel and brushes clean.
4. Is it necessary to remove any gel from the bristle before painting with the brush?
We recommend that you remove all gel from the bristle. In our laboratory tests we found no negative effects when small traces of gel were still present in the brush, however we cannot rule out that there might be negative effects to the paint job.
5. Is it necessary to clean out my brushes before storing them in a Store and Go?
No, it is not necessary. However the gel stays clean for a longer period if you do. Also you may find your brushes stay in even better condition when you regularly clean them in a Clean and Go system. If you are using very fluid materials (like stains) it is wise to force the majority of contents out of the bristle using a cloth or by spinning the brush briefly before placing it in the gel.
6. How high must the level of gel be in the Store and Go?
Put enough gel into the storage can to make sure you are able to submerge the entire length of the bristle hairs in the gel when the brushes stand in the gel or are fixed in the brush clips. Coming soon: The Store and Go XL containers have a level indicator, showing the preferred minimum and maximum levels of gel. Make sure to add gel when the level drops under MIN.
7. Do I need to put a lid on the storage can?
No, it is not necessary to put a lid on the storage can as the gel hardly vaporizes at all. However using a lid also prevents any dust falling into the gel, so we recommend using a plastic container/inliner as a lid.
8. Do I need to use the brush clips to hold the brushes?
No, you can also simply place the brushes in the gel, however it is easier to adjust the height and prevent brushes from falling over when you do use the brush clips. We recommend you place the entire length of the bristle hairs into the gel, especially for longer storage.
9. Is the gel a natural product?
Yes, the gel is a natural product. It is both bio based and bio degradable. Evidently, once mixed with paint residues it is no longer so.
10. Is the gel harmful for me?
No it is not, all ingredients are non-toxic. However we strongly recommend not to digest any of it. Once mixed with paint residues it may be harmful. Always comply to common health and labour standards, so wash hands after using gel. Immediately flush the eyes with plenty of water after a possible contamination with gel.
11. When do I need to add gel to the system?
When the gel cannot cover the entire length of the bristle hairs we suggest adding new gel.
12. How often do I need to change the gel?
We recommend changing the gel with new gel when the gel is contaminated with paints and other residues to the extent that the normal functioning of the gel is limited or when the volume is too low to cover the bristle or when the gel has become too viscous. For disposal of mixed gel, see instructions.
13. At what temperatures can the gel be used best?
We suggest using the gel at the same temperature range as suggested for the selected paints.
14. What happens if the gel freezes?
When the gel is frozen, you can bring it back to a normal temperature and start using it. If there are also paint particles inside the frozen gel, and the brushes that are stored in it, they may influence the effects of frost. Water based paints can show negative effects after freezing, solvent based paints only show problems after freezing at temperatures lower than -5°C
15. Can I use normal types of (hair) gel?
No you should not use any types of commercially available gels other than Store and Go gel. Store and Go gel was specifically developed to nurture and conserve the bristles of paint brushes.
16. How can I best store large amounts of paint brushes for a longer period?
We also offer a Store and Go XL version. This is a large can with seat that holds two large containers that come with 4 double brush clips each, offering clip positions for 8 paint brushes and space for approximately 4 more. Store and Go can store up to 16-24 paint brushes. You will get the best results when the brushes are properly cleansed in a Clean and Go system before storage.
17. Why are the containers of Store and Go XL made in two colours (blue and grey)?
This makes it easier to assign a specific type of brush to one container and it makes it easier for you to recognize the specific use you assigned to the container. For example the blue one could be used for storing water based / acrylic paint brushes and the grey one for solvent based / alkyd paint brushes. Or the blue one for dark colors and the grey one for lighter colors.
18. I see the gel changing colour over time. What does this mean?
As the gel is a natural product it may change colours after being exposed to daylight. The gel may have a yellowish look. This is a natural process and has no negative effects on the quality and performance of the gel.
19. The gel has become fluid. What should I do?
In case the gel has turned to fluid, you can open the Store and Go system and leave it open for a while letting the fluids evaporate. If this measure turns out to be insufficient you can scoop off the fluids from the gel and dispose of them in the spare pot and replenish with fresh gel to the desired level. If the gel is totally fluid like water, replace with fresh gel.
20. What caused the gel to become fluid?
Some specific low viscous paints and stains (fluid like water) can cause the gel to become more fluid. This is caused by the high viscous gel ‘pushing’ the low viscous content out of the paint brush. When using these types of materials, we recommend pushing the content out of the bristle with a cloth or spinning the brush before storage. Also when cleaning with water, white spirit or other brush cleaning fluids before storage make sure not to take too much of the fluids with the brush into the gel.
21. How do I dispose of the used gel responsibly?
Always check your local legislation first.
In general we learned that any substance that is mixed with fluid paint should be treated as paint, therefore as chemical waste.
You can place an open pot in a dry but open space to let the water evaporate and reduce the volume and weight of the used gel significanty, before disposing of it as chemical waste.