The Easiest Way to Clean a Paint Scuttle

Updated Apr 25, 2023 | Posted Sep 28, 2021 | Professional insight, Tool Insight | 1 comment

I thought I’d do a very quick blog for DFUK on the easiest way to clean a paint scuttle. Promise not to keep you too long with this one, but I’ll give you some handy tips.

First off, a scuttle is another word for a type of painting bucket and an alternative to the traditional tray. Most professional decorators use a scuttle because they’re generally a lot better than trays. You can get them online, or from any trade decorating centre.


Washing your Scuttle with Water


You can pick your scuttle up, take it to the sink, rinse, and scrub with a cloth at the end of every use. This can be a bit messy, so it may be better to take it outside and use a hosepipe. Neither of these options is ideal because you’re bound to end up with paint all over you. I do anyway 😉


Cleaning Agents


There is a slightly easier way of cleaning your paint scuttles out. There’s a product called Viro-Sol, which is available online and can be diluted with water. It’s a cleaning product that disintegrates paint. It doesn’t matter what paint, be it water or oil-based, dry or wet.

You can fill a dirty paint scuttle with a diluted Viro-Sol solution, leave it overnight, then simply rinse the scuttle out…. Dead easy. Click here to see current prices.


Traditional Paint Scuttle liners


Inexpensive disposable plastic liners which go inside your scuttle wile you’re using it. They are good and they’re cheap enough, but I don’t like them because of the environmental impact. As a decorator, I go through too much single use plastic as it is, without lining my scuttles with it. You can get these online easily enough, or most trade paint centres. Click here to see current prices.

I hope that helps

The Easiest Way to Clean a Paint Scuttle – By Mike Gregory

Updated Apr 25, 2023 | Posted Sep 28, 2021 | 1 comment

About the Author

About the Author

Mike Cupit has been in the decorating industry since 2002 and has mostly worked as a Trade Decorator in the domestic sector (peoples’ homes). Self-proclaimed “product geek”, Mike has a passion for paint and decorating tools. Mike now spends most of his time testing paint products and tools, comparing them to similar products on the market, and blogging about the industry in general.
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1 Comment

  1. Freddie

    Wouldn’t worry about using plastic liners. Washing paint down the drain is 100x worse for the environment. Paint is the biggest source of microplastics and is awful to put in our water.

    Either use the flexible liner like you mentioned or disposable ones


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