A Greener Paint Tray

Tray liners let you skip some of the cleanup usually required when you paint with a roller.  Unfortunately stores seem to regularly change the types of trays and liners they carry, so you always have to buy a new tray when you need more liners.  Plus you might feel just a little twinge of guilt throwing away yet more plastic, even though you are saving water.

With the Peel Away paint tray, a product I have to admit I first saw watching Ron Hazelton’s House Calls, you’ll never have to worry about finding liners again, because they’re part of the tray. Each Peel Away paint tray has four peel-away liners that, according to the manufacturer, use 50% less material than rigid plastic tray liners.

What’s more, the peel-away liners make it easy to save more paint by squeezing it out of the liner.  When you’re done painting, pour out the excess paint and peel the liner away from the tray edges towards the middle, keeping the leftover paint in the center.  Then bring all the edges together and pull the liner from the tray, forming a bag around the paint.  Over the paint can, puncture the bag and squeeze the remaining paint into the can.