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My easy solution to No More Clogged Spray Paint Rattle Cans

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Blue Heeler29/03/2021 05:47:36
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My easy solution to No More Clogged Spray Paint Rattle Cans

not done it yet29/03/2021 08:40:39
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Isn’t the nozzle cleared by a quick press with the can inverted?

Brian Baker 129/03/2021 09:02:40
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Greetings, I find that the ball in the valve at the top of the can gets clogged.

Regards

BB

mechman4829/03/2021 12:07:01
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You can use mini paint spray gun thinners as well.

George.

CHAS LIPSCOMBE29/03/2021 14:37:26
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A great solution that I will definitely try. My solution is less elegant but so far has worked for me, is that after clearing the nozzle by a quick press with the can inverted (which as Blue Heeler says does not work too well for long-term storage) is to push a fine wire into the spray hole and leave it there until the spray can is used again. I have kept a clapped-out wire brush for use as a fine wire donor.

Chas

Steviegtr29/03/2021 15:45:45
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I always use gun wash, which is a cheap cellulose thinner. Around a fiver for a gallon. Used for cleaning spray guns.

Steve.

bernard towers29/03/2021 23:45:41
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Let me know where you get it for a fiver a gallon

Blue Heeler29/03/2021 23:59:04
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Posted by not done it yet on 29/03/2021 08:40:39:

Isn’t the nozzle cleared by a quick press with the can inverted?

As explained in the video I spray lots of small parts. There's no way there's going to be enough propellent in the can to keep cleaning the nozzle by inverting it each time I spray something.

Hopper30/03/2021 06:45:21
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My usual method is poking a bristle from a wire brush down the small spray hole and swearing a lot.

Nicholas Farr30/03/2021 07:57:53
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Hi, not so long ago, I had one of these rattle cans with zinc based paint for galvanise repairs / touch-up, and like has been said, very often was used just for one or two small areas to paint and although turning turning upside down each time, the nozzle blocked. After cleaning out the nozzle and trying again, it just kind of spat a few drops of paint and then stopped again, so I tried a brand new nozzle from an unused can and it still just spat a few drops and stopped. I think the can only had about a quarter of it's contents left but this paint was a bit pricy, so I was loathed to discard it, to cut a long story short, it turned out that it would only spray the paint when shook and then turned upside down and sprayed, but I only got short burst of spray each time and it never did spray the correct way up again, but at least the paint wasn't wasted, but seemed very strange why it wouldn't spray in the correct manner.

Regards Nick.

Blue Heeler30/03/2021 08:01:09
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Posted by Hopper on 30/03/2021 06:45:21:

My usual method is poking a bristle from a wire brush down the small spray hole and swearing a lot.

G'day Hopper, been there mate as well. My swearing came from the next time I went to spray something though because of the big droplets coming out because I'd deformed the nozzle outlet with the wire blush

IanT30/03/2021 10:54:37
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Good idea - I'll try that next time around.

Thank you.

IanT

Steviegtr30/03/2021 11:38:22
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Posted by bernard towers on 29/03/2021 23:45:41:

Let me know where you get it for a fiver a gallon

Steve Monie paint supplies. Whitehall road . Leeds.

Can on the left.

Steve.

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Blue Heeler30/03/2021 22:41:41
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Posted by IanT on 30/03/2021 10:54:37:

Good idea - I'll try that next time around.

Thank you.

IanT

Cheers Ian hope it works as easy for you as it does for me.

Morty31/03/2021 00:00:40
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Hi there!

I just pop My nozzles in a jar of thinners after use, fish them out when needed,give them a quick wipe with paper towel.

Pop them back on the can and spray a little paint through before starting the job proper.

Cheers, Pete

Blue Heeler31/03/2021 00:07:24
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Posted by Morty on 31/03/2021 00:00:40:

Hi there!

I just pop My nozzles in a jar of thinners after use, fish them out when needed,give them a quick wipe with paper towel.

Pop them back on the can and spray a little paint through before starting the job proper.

Cheers, Pete

G'day I like my idea better wink

I have so many different brands of cans and nearly every nozzle is different, this was I know the right nozzle is with the right can. And did you notice that each time I blew the turps out the nozzle it went further as the paint cleared internally? But whatever works best for you....its better than full cans of paint that are blocked!

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