Simple clean method to pour from gallon can

Don Sweet

Member
After seeing this on a car audio site I tried it and it works great. It works so much better than devices that attach to the top of the can. Would probably work on smaller cans as well. I had never seen it his anywhere before so I wanted to pass it on. Just a couple of strips of 2" tape forming a v on the can opening. I used it on a can of glue but I am sure it would work on epoxy and paint as well.
 

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I use a similar method. First I stand a piece of tape on its edge and form a U by pressing against the inner lip of the can, then I tape the can like you show in your pictures to reinforce the tape standing on its edge.
Sorry, never took a picture of it. Pours clean and keeps the paint out of the lip of the can better.
 

Chris_Hamilton

Trying to be the best me, I can be
Are they reuseable?
I tried the plastic clip on stuff and it wasn't worth the hassle.
Ones I use are for a mixing bank. They have to perform. Ones I get are Dedoes I think. Like Texas said they last forever and work perfectly. You have so much more control pouring with one than any other way. Literally from one drop to whatever amount needed.
 
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Don Sweet

Member
I keep the groove clean and always do it this way
I tried pouring straight from can, big, big mess. Then used clip on plastic piece a little better but had to be cleaned. When placing tape I push the tape into the can groves to keep clean. I think I will add a strip of tape at the pour edge similar to what some of you guys do to keep any paint from dribbling down the side of the can. Envious of mixing banks and lids.
 

texasking

Active Member
I tried pouring straight from can, big, big mess. Then used clip on plastic piece a little better but had to be cleaned. When placing tape I push the tape into the can groves to keep clean. I think I will add a strip of tape at the pour edge similar to what some of you guys do to keep any paint from dribbling down the side of the can. Envious of mixing banks and lids.
Any jobber will sell you mix lids, and the time saved, ease of use, and material that is not spilled or overpoured will pay for them the first gallon.
 
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Chris_Hamilton

Trying to be the best me, I can be
Do they seal tightly enough to let product sit in them for months?

John
Keep the spout clean and yes they keep product for a long time. They have a rubber gasket to seal at the top of the can, as long as the spout is clean and can close all the way they will keep a product for a long time. I've had mixing banks where some of the lesser used toners go many months before being used up and it is not a issue.
 

MAKZ06

Newbie
I punch a small hole on opposite sides of the lid. One to pour through and the other to allow air in as the paint goes out. A couple large diameter sheet metal screws seal them up when done.
 

Jim C

Oldtimer
there is some really good info in this thread. i agree with chris on the mixing lids. without a doubt the best way to go. these other methods seem like great ideas in a pinch or when you dont have the mixing lids. i keep everything with a mixing lid on it on my rack. base and primers. since i dont do collision work i have base toners that are prob 3-4 years old on my rack. yes they have thickened up slightly over that amount of time and i couldnt use them for an actual color formula i was matching but they are still good to use and pour fine so in a regular home shop setting they will keep your products for quite a long time
 

John Long

Member
I am frugal to a fault. Some of my friends have another word for it but that is another story.

It is hard for me not to spend twice the value of something in solvent than what it is worth. Mixing cups cups included. I have one of the gallon can pour lids but don't use it because it always seemed like I spent more time and money cleaning it than what it was worth. Who knows how much $300 a gallon paint I have wasted trying to pour out of a full gallon can instead of putting it on.

I keep a small hole and a vent hole in the lid of my gallon Dap glue can. I just cover them with masking tape until I am ready to use. Spill some of that accross your work bench and see how well you like cleaning it up.

I appreciate the good information above from everyone.

John
 
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