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01-16-2013 06:53 AM
496CHEVY3100 I will reuse strainers for the paint and clear for a paint job as long as there is no build up on the Outside of strainer ,it could flake and get in cup ,curse ,curse .
01-16-2013 03:28 AM
deadbodyman I painted a car on the weekend with one strainer,I just kept rinsing it out,used it for the clear too...Then later I found Lowes sells strainers in a 5 pac, for emergencies ,they're crappy but they'll get you by
01-15-2013 11:28 PM
DanielC I reuse mixing cups, stir sticks, and even the used strainers for my dirty solvent, used in first rinse.
The way I look at it is this. The paint sticks, and mixing cups are cheap, until you need one Saturday afternoon, just after the paint store closed. Then suddenly it makes a lot of good sense to clean them so you can reuse them.
01-15-2013 08:31 PM
Lizer
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OK ,I do throw the stir sticks away.............AFTER, I use both ends, and those are free so mabee I'm not JUST cheap...I've yet to find a second use for the strainers though....
You say you need a second use for the strainers?

I keep an empty gallon can around that previously would have held wax and grease remover. When I clean out my gun, all the lacquer thinner runs back out into the bucket I'm holding it over. So then I pour the used lacquer thinner through an old paint strainer into the gallon container. Which is what I'll then use for cleaning my gun out the first time around, the next time I use it.

Also glad to know I'm not the only one who reuses the mixing cups. I finally labeled mine '2k' and 'epoxy', etc so I know which ones to use for what. In fact I've even got it down to a science as to how much material has to be left in the bottom of the cup with the stick sitting in it, so when it hardens I can pull the stick out and everything comes out of the bottom in a nice chunk, like a cancer popsicle.
01-13-2013 06:36 PM
carolinacustoms
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You know what's funny, I didn't use wood stir sticks in years and years. I have now do because of the mixing cups with the mixing ratios on them. But for years and years I used the metal ones with the mixing ratios and even before then I used a plain metal one that was cleaned every time. Honestly, I don't believe I had a single wood stick for the 13 years I had it. Damn, I now after reading these ideas I wish I would have, I missed out on some good tricks.

Brian

Yeah they are handy even if you don't use them for stirring lol. I used probably 20-30 of them when putting the front end back on the 56 we just finished a few weeks ago. We just started the bolts in everything and started using the sticks as shims and spacers under the radiator support, between the support and fenders, at the back of the fenders etc until we got everything lined up and nice gaps. Once we got it all lined up I used regular shims and tightened everything down. I like using them because they are easier to add or remove than the metal shims and are less likely to scratch anything until you get it looking good, then just use real shims to get the same thickness and replace the sticks. Plus I have used them for door gap spacers. Cut them in short pieces (about 2" or so depending on how much curve the panel edge has) and tape them to the panel with a piece of 3/4 tape across them to hold them to the door. works pretty well as a starting point and it keeps you from banging the edges of the panels together and chipping the fresh paint. Just a few ideas that you may or may not have ever used.

Kelly
01-13-2013 06:27 PM
MARTINSR You know what's funny, I didn't use wood stir sticks in years and years. I have now do because of the mixing cups with the mixing ratios on them. But for years and years I used the metal ones with the mixing ratios and even before then I used a plain metal one that was cleaned every time. Honestly, I don't believe I had a single wood stick for the 13 years I had it. Damn, I now after reading these ideas I wish I would have, I missed out on some good tricks.

Brian
01-13-2013 05:48 PM
John long
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throw a dolla in the basket for me...It works for the Italians....
I haven't been in a church since I was 12yr old....can ya tell?
I would be glad too. There are folks in church who have no love in their heart for God I am sure. The scripture says man was created for God's pleasure so I hope it pleases him that I went to church today to say thanks. By no means do I think going to church makes me a Christian or buys me a ticket to heaven. Only His love and grace can do that. I am indeed thankful for both though.

Reading Kelly's post made me realize that stir sticks are indeed the original multi-tool.....and they are free.

John L
01-13-2013 09:13 AM
carolinacustoms
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Originally Posted by 496CHEVY3100 View Post
Stir sticks ?? I thought they were panel alibnment tools

They are actually multi-purpose tools, panel alignment, mock up shims, sanding blocks, paint mixing, paint measuring (cut notches or use a pen to make marks at 4:1:1 or what ever mix you are using which I love especially for primer because you can mix a VERY small amount), wedges, fire starters, and give me a little bit I'll think of a few more

Kelly
01-13-2013 08:26 AM
496CHEVY3100 Stir sticks ?? I thought they were panel alibnment tools
01-13-2013 08:08 AM
deadbodyman throw a dolla in the basket for me...It works for the Italians....
I haven't been in a church since I was 12yr old....can ya tell?
01-13-2013 08:03 AM
John long
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Well one time .....I was painting at a shop with mostly black guys that I conciderd my friends and being a guy that loves a good laugh I stuck a paint strainer under my white head sock so I looked like a member of the KKK while painting the car ....some people have no sense of humor at all....I dont think I'll ever do that again....Well .....not in Ga anyways....
LOL.... I am going to church now.... Will pray for you.....
01-13-2013 08:00 AM
John long
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OK ,I do throw the stir sticks away.............AFTER, I use both ends, and those are free so mabee I'm not JUST cheap...I've yet to find a second use for the strainers though....
Speaking of cheap, Have you noticed how hard it is to get enough of those free stir sticks. Good stir sticks for block sanding are keepers nowadays. You used to get a big fist full every time you went to the paint store. Now you get 5 and not a smooth straight one in the bunch.

John L
01-13-2013 07:59 AM
deadbodyman Well one time .....I was painting at a shop with mostly black guys that I conciderd my friends and being a guy that loves a good laugh I stuck a paint strainer under my white head sock so I looked like a member of the KKK while painting the car ....some people have no sense of humor at all....I dont think I'll ever do that again....Well .....not in Ga anyways....
01-13-2013 07:50 AM
deadbodyman
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Originally Posted by 496CHEVY3100 View Post
You guys hit it out of the park ,I have cups with letters mising so i have stir sticks with 4,5,6. and 50/50 so i guess we cant patent them. LOL. i call it buisness smart
OK ,I do throw the stir sticks away.............AFTER, I use both ends, and those are free so mabee I'm not JUST cheap...I've yet to find a second use for the strainers though....
01-13-2013 07:45 AM
John long
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Originally Posted by deadbodyman View Post
OK....But I aint payin no dues...
We will have 2 rules:

1 There will be no dues

2 Rule number one can never be broken......
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