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Old 15-05-2010, 11:24   #1
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Paint Ladle ?

Pouring varnish into a small jar for thinning ...

or

Pouring two part anything into a jar for mixing ...

It always creates a mess with drips on the outside of the cans and often also on the workbench or working surface.

Last weekend I got tired of it and tried to improvise a paint/varnish/epoxy ladle by using a small aluminum cup held with some needle-nosed pliers. It was not pretty and a pain as I worried I'd drop the aluminum cup into the varnish creating an even bigger mess. But, it worked !

I can't believe that nobody else has this problem or that I am the first one to think of the ladle solution, but a google search for paint ladle came up with mainly hits for youtube videos of a rock band.

Are there disposable paint ladles out there, or what do others do ?

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Old 15-05-2010, 11:59   #2
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I use a paper funnel.....easy to make....when your done toss it...
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I use a paper funnel.....easy to make....when your done toss it...
Do you use it as a funnel or to scoop the liquid out of the can ? I can imagine making a funnel and using it as a cup but I'm not sure that's what you mean ?

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G'day all,

On Insatiable II we have gone to "op shops", bought some inexpensive spoons of various sizes, bent the bowls over about 90 degrees and use them to dip small quantities from tins of paints, etc. For larger quantities, measuring cups from similar sources could be used.

For measuring two pot materials we recycle small glass jars... make marks with nail polish on the outsides at appropriate levels using the spoons or cups filled with water to simulate the expensive stuff, and then fill to the marks.
Stir or shake to mix.

Still usually manage to make a mess, though!

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I use Paper funnels, and a cheap $1 store soup ladle, they are steel so you can clean them off rather easy. But if you choose to throw them out it is only $1, so won't hurt the pocket. The ones I get have a spout on the ladle, works very well.
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I'll go look for inexpensive metal cups with a bendable handle. We have some in a drawer but I think Nancy would be upset if she found them covered with varnish or something like that

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See if you can find a large syringe. Vets would be a good place to start looking. They have huge ones up to 100cc for injecting horses. they are about 1.25 inch in diameter by 6 inches long. Cut a small piece of plastic tube and epoxy it to the business end, then up the inside bore to match. Suck up your paint or varnish and you can even measure how much. when done, squirt the remainder back in the can, disassemble and clean.

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See if you can find a large syringe. Vets would be a good place to start looking. They have huge ones up to 100cc for injecting horses. they are about 1.25 inch in diameter by 6 inches long. Cut a small piece of plastic tube and epoxy it to the business end, then up the inside bore to match. Suck up your paint or varnish and you can even measure how much. when done, squirt the remainder back in the can, disassemble and clean.
Funny you should mention that. That's actually what I did this past weekend for some Epiphanes work. I used the much smaller syringes you typically get for epoxy injection into screw holes but once I cut the tip it wasn't too bad to move 10 syringes-full into the mixing tub without a drop spilled. Made the cleanup a relative breeze.

Thanks for the suggestion.



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