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Old 02-28-2006, 08:49 PM
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tip of the day 44?

For those of you that like to recycle- save your soup cans ,
a good friend of mine has been saving his soup and vegetable cans for years to use as mixing containers in his bodyshop. Rinse the can, set in the dishwasher then collect them up for mixing primers and paint. Being they are a straight walled container it is easy to measure out different ratios with a graduated mixing stick or ruler. It may sound kinda stupid but it's simple easy and free, he's been doing this for years.

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Great tip Bob, (maybe you could make this tip #44.)

I would like to encourage everyone to post a tip on here.
If you can think of anything, no matter how small, post it.
Remember, there's people on here just starting out
and they are new to these "common-take for granted" ideas.

If you post a tip, please try to include "Tip of the day" designation
in the message somwhere, that way a search can locate all of them.

C'mon guys, have a little nerve and post something,
all that can happen is you might get a good laugh.
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stealing an idea from the H.A.M.B.......

how about a tech week, or possibly a "tips" section
easy way to remember where all of the cool little tricks are

just my .02
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It's already been done, look at the first post on this forum page.
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I have a friend that works at a creamery and he gets me a WHOLE CASE of empty plastic 24 oz. cottage cheese containers with lids. These are EXCELLENT for mixing paint and clear coat ( they hold approx. 3/4 qt.) and the lids are perfect for mixing body filler, glazing putty, etc.... For mixing smaller amounts of paint I use plastic single serving yogurt containers
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I have a friend that works at a creamery and he gets me a WHOLE CASE of empty plastic 24 oz. cottage cheese containers with lids. These are EXCELLENT for mixing paint and clear coat ( they hold approx. 3/4 qt.) and the lids are perfect for mixing body filler, glazing putty, etc.... For mixing smaller amounts of paint I use plastic single serving yogurt containers
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Cans, glass jars or OK but I would never use a "non paint" plastic cup.

There are 100's forms of plastic and if the solvent melts it or draws the mold release out of it you will have a nightmare. (You cannot tell by looking)
Its just not worth the risk.
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Yeah most plastics paint will not store in. I tried using a plastic dixie cup to scoop a small amount of paint out of a gallon can, bout 10 minutes later what paint was left in the cup melted the bottom completely off. Now some spray guns come with plastic cups, so what ever the type of plastic that is used on them must be okay. The saving metal cans of different sizes was known about by most shops I've worked in. Most had a stockpile of em in the mixing area or room somewhere for mixing smaller quantitys of paint.
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here something dumb i tried, poured gas in a Styrofoam coffee cup
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OK, Laugh away.
I was in a hurry to get kandy on a couple of long panels and was short on masking paper. I masked off the width of the paper and grabbed a fresh plastic trash bag and wrapped it around the remainder of the panel.

These things are dust magnets as long as you use them right off the roll.
I had O trash in the job and most of the o'spray was "stuck" to the trash bag.
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you can use Nylon(gun cups) HDPE (most mixing cups), PET, and PETE (soda bottles) for mixing paint.
you cannot use PS (i think is plastic dixie cups) ABS, PVC, and many others. Especially not styrafoam, ........well............unless your really fast

of course, there is the mold release thing barry mentioned. But, i always wash everything before i use it to mix in anyways. Yes yogurt cups are sweet. I use them for striping enamel, and for holding small amounts of liquid mask or other stuff.

for storing paint.......? i like glass jars w/ metal lids.

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Cans, glass jars or OK but I would never use a "non paint" plastic cup.

There are 100's forms of plastic and if the solvent melts it or draws the mold release out of it you will have a nightmare. (You cannot tell by looking)
Its just not worth the risk.
Been there! The first time you have a cup melt down on your work bench and paint goes everywhere you'll learn that lesson.
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