It sounds like you need one of those clip on spray handles. Get a real
one from an auto paint store. They make working with spray cans a
whole lot easier.
I can do some pretty good work with a spray can too. Once you learn
how to paint you can work with almost anything. I had some good
teachers. I knew a guy who could shoot better than stock quality paint
on a motorcycle with a spray can.
I had the same problem too. After many years of cleaning and swearing
I discovered the root cause. All of the problematic cans were very
old, somewhere in the neighborhood of 10 plus years. Once I threw out
all of the old cans and bought some new ones the problem was solved.
There is probably a shelf life for this stuff and it would be nice if
it was printed on the can. YMWV...
On Thu, 27 Mar 2008 19:07:58 -0400, "Stormin Mormon"
Dunno if this has already been mentioned in this thread (OK, I'm lazy
and don't want to read the whole thing), but what I do is keep all my
spray-can nozzles in a jar soaking in lacquer thinner. Pop one onto the
spray can, use it, then return it to soak when done. I have no problems
with clogs (at least with nozzles), though sometimes the damned *cans* clog.
For the future:
When finished spraying, even between coats, I turn can perfectly upside
down and spray till there no sputzing at all. When done job for any
period, do upside down thing. Then toss nozzle in thinner/gas. Let soak
for a bit, take out, wipe and shake off, blow out nozzle in same
direction as it sprays.
Occasionally one still clogs here and there. I save the extra nozzles
that work and store in cap.
If using more than one can on a job, as long as it's still working fine,
I put nozzle from can one one the next can and use. Store new one for
when needed. Of course, when brands of spray are different, may not be
able to swap nozzles.
Got a brand new can, same thing happened to me, shook like crazy, it sprayed
for a few seconds then stopped. I let can sit for an hour, shook again and then
tried spraying with the can upside down. You need to wear a pair of gloves for
sure, but it worked, I'm happy
I don't know the root cause, but age is the culprit. If it happened to
a new can there may be another reason for that particular can. On the
other hand that can could have been manufactured before Obama was
sworn in. If that's the case then we all know who's fault it is. ;-)
OK, I don't know what they did with my previous post, anyway, I had the same
problem, I turned the can upside down, and it started to spray, you need to be
sure to wear a pair of plastic gloves for this. This morning, one day later, I
tried the can, right side up and it sprayed perfectly. Guess this might just be
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