On Tue, 5 Jul 2011 20:11:59 +0000 (UTC), Andrew Gabriel wrote:
The tin of emulsion from TS was so thin that a screwdriver would have opened
it - like a can opener!
The best tool I found for the job was an old metal tyre lever (push-bike
size) that id rounded and smoothed about 40 years ago. Plenty of area and no
Then "stir thoroughly": even a plastic kitchen thingy (overgrown spoon,
metal handle) deformed the can, so a metal stirrer... )h, also about 5mm of
freeboard in a 5 litre can...
Does this have the effect of creating an artificial bottom that keeps the
paint closer to the top when the lid is opened? I've noticed polyurethane
especially likes to create thick layers on top that must be broken through.
On Tue, 5 Jul 2011 10:36:34 +0000 (UTC), "steve robinson"
Fill the can with CO2 before closing - no oxygen to react with the
driers in the paint. CO2 is heavier than air, so displaces the air and
stays in the can.
Storing the can upside down just puts the "skin" on the bottom
This reminds of a question I did not quickly locate the answer to on the
web. I have never bought bought paint in greater than 1 gallon units.
They are easy to shake and pour into paint trays, etc. What is the
usual process for using a *5 gallon* container of paint? I assume it
has to be mixed really well (practical to do by hand?) and that a "paint
ladle" of some sort would be handy.
The 5 gallons get mixed if you pick a non stock color, but we get them
shook regardless. You pour out of them just as you would a 1 gallon
container, you just have to be more careful and have a paint brush handy
to clean up the drips down the sides. The biggest problem with the 5
gallon buckets is getting the lid off. A 5 in 1 comes in handy for
that. also consider switching from a roller tray to a roller bucket.
With the waste basket style paint buckets for rollers you can easily
dump a gallon of paint into them and not waste time refilling all day
long. We typically refill our roller paint buckets a couple times a day
maybe three times on a long day. Plus they are much easier to carry around.
ALL of the 5 gallon paint pails I've ever bought/used had pour spout
like a 5 gallon pail of oil - so decanting is VERY simple, and
relatively clean. Just a swipe with the paint brush as you stop
pouting, and a quick wipe with a damp (thinners or spirits for oil
paint) rag before replacing the cap.
You don't need to store them upside down (which as others have pointed
out means any skin is under the paint and hard to deal with) simply
inverting them once so paint seals the edge of the lid seems to make a
difference to me.
Oxygen is the enemy of unused paint. Here are some tips:
* Don't paint out of the can. Pour paint into another container and re-seal
* When finished painting, return the unused paint to the can, then - pay
attention here - EXHALE three times into the can. This replaces most of the
oxygen with carbon dioxide.
* Use a plastic bag as your friend suggested. It acts like a gasket around
* Store the can upside down. Any remaining oxygen will cause a thin film to
form on what will be the bottom of the paint next time you open the can.
* Make sure the lid is on tightly. Else some paint will leak out, firmly
attaching the lid to the shelf such that when you grab the can, the lid
stays on the shelf, the remaining paint plops to the floor, and you have an
empty can in your hand.
OR: put a thin plastic bag into the can and tuck it in so that it contacts
the paint and leaves the open end outside the can, putting the lid on inside
the open end of the bag would mean that air could not get to the paint
surface. A bit like the old idea of a greaseproof paper round on top of
I simply pour gently, a small amount of turps on the paint, this in my
experience stops it skimming and is easily stirred in before the next
use. Another thing I have found useful is if I use a paint brush then
need to continue the job the next day wiping any excess paint off then
firmly wrapping the paint brush in cling film, keeps the brush usable
until the morrow.
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