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Forum topic by ChunkyC posted 01-02-2011 08:41 PM 4758 views 0 times favorited 39 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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ChunkyC

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01-02-2011 08:41 PM

Ok stupid question time. I like buying thinner in the 1 gallon metal cans and then transferring them to qt containers. The problem is that the thinner runs down the edge of the can and all over the place. Anyone have any tips for pouring from the metal can?

Thanks,

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Northerner

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#1 posted 01-02-2011 08:44 PM

use a small funnel on the qt can and then punch a hole in the gallon can at other end from opening to release vacuum?

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#2 posted 01-02-2011 08:45 PM

i’ve always hated this. the only thing i can think to recommend is a small siphon. should be able to get it pretty cheap.

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Steven H

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#3 posted 01-02-2011 09:02 PM

Drive a nail through the gutter the ridge of the can.

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#4 posted 01-02-2011 09:03 PM

just keep the opening on the top when pouring. That lets air in to replace the thinner as it comes out.

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ChunkyC

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#5 posted 01-02-2011 10:25 PM

I don’t want to put a hole in the top of the can. Doing so would allow the solvent inside to evaporate. Might as well allow it pour on the floor, at least the floor would be clean after wiping it up.

Pouring from the top of the can is ok but if you just want an ounce or two, it makes it a little difficult. That darn handle gets in the way.

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Pop

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#6 posted 01-02-2011 10:35 PM

Sherwin-Williams sells a replacement top for a gallon paint can that has a spigot built in. The’re cheap & work great.

Pop

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#7 posted 01-02-2011 11:38 PM

I assume your referring to the rectangular shaped can. I would get a pour spout that is used for a gas can. It should match up to the threads.

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jsheaney

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#8 posted 01-02-2011 11:52 PM

I use a turkey baster to suck it out of the can and squirt it into a dixie cup or a plastic cup.

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#9 posted 01-02-2011 11:58 PM

I’m confused. I thought the OP was talking about cans of thinner, the rectangular 1-gallon cans with the little screw off cap. Or, is he talking about the round 1-gallon paint cans?

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#10 posted 01-03-2011 01:15 AM

I re-read what he wrote, hes talking about the square metal cans not the round.

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ChunkyC

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#11 posted 01-03-2011 01:15 AM

Rectangular 1-gallon cans.

I checked my gas cans, Blitz plastic cans, and they are too big.

I’ve tried a few different Google searches are I haven’t got much information from that….

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#12 posted 01-03-2011 01:26 AM

I don’t know if they still carry it but Home Depot sold a spout that fit the top of the thinner can. I purchased two of them about a year ago and they really work well. You may want to check the paint department. It is called a Snap & Pour spout. They snap over the opening of the can. Here is a link for what you are looking for. http://www.skymall.com/shopping/detail.htm?pid=203119582&pnr=W22&siteID=pH8ipKrTWF8-Nqnpsp9KcIQhqPlVsloqDw

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ChunkyC

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#13 posted 01-03-2011 02:53 AM

Well I think I may have found something. I read an article somewhere that talked about a spout for Coleman white gas cans. Took a long time to find it but I think this may be it

I’m going to order one from Amazon to see how it works.

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Jack Barnhill

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#14 posted 01-03-2011 03:23 AM

I found a short article on Todd Clippinger's website about just what you are looking for

but, I can’t find the product on the company's website.

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Pop

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#15 posted 01-03-2011 03:27 AM

for some reason I thought you were talking about a round 1 gal. paint can. Don’t know why, I’ve never seen thinner in a paint can. The Coleman spout looks like the way to go.

Pop

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