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TimInIndiana

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02-22-2018 03:25 PM

I’m trying to find pumps for the metal cans that BLO, mineral spirits, etc. are sold in. I’ve done some Google searching but am apparently not using the right terms. Can someone help me know what to search for? Ideally I’d like to find a pump that fits the 1qt size bottle:


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ksSlim

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#1 posted 02-22-2018 04:33 PM

Try your local hardware store or where ever you buy finishing supplies.
Got mine at Ace hardware

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#2 posted 02-22-2018 04:42 PM

Slim – could you please post a photo of what you have ?
and how it is listed in Ace ?

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#3 posted 02-22-2018 05:01 PM

West epoxy sells a pump for the small metal cans.

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#4 posted 02-22-2018 05:09 PM

the West System pumps will not fit the new fangled smaller plastic childproof tops.
plus – the new style solvent cans do not have a threaded top – it is a snap/click & lock.

I have been saving the quart size plastic oil cans that are heavy duty HDPE.
I have tried a couple of the Gear Case Oil pumps and either they do not fit
the quart size plastic oil can or do not last long with solvents such as acetone, mineral spirits, etc.
as soon as I find a suitable pump that fits well and will last more than two months, I will post it.

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bondogaposis

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#5 posted 02-22-2018 06:18 PM

I don’t think that there are any pumps that will work unless you have screw on lids.

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#6 posted 02-22-2018 06:46 PM

Because most of the pumps are made with plastic I think the problem will be how it stands up to the particular liquid you are trying to pump. For instance I find that chlorine destroys spray bottle pumps after a week or so.

There are pumps at the auto supply stores (gear lube pumps) for pumping (not spraying) transmission fluid and heavy differential oil that screw onto quart or gallon size containers. They may work for most of the fluids you mentioned.

-- Les B, Oregon

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#7 posted 02-22-2018 06:50 PM

I’ve put DNA, BLO, shellac, poly, & kerosene in plastic containers with no issue. Not mixed together, separate containers. I don’t care for those metal cans.

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Andre

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#8 posted 02-22-2018 07:27 PM

Well simple solution, buy the West qt. cans with the pump, get rid of contents and replace with whatever you want to put in there! :)

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#9 posted 02-22-2018 08:18 PM

This is the hand pump that I bought at AutoZone a few months ago.
it is $10 at the auto parts store, cheaper from online sources or maybe your local hardware.
as you can see, you must first obtain the plastic bottle, label it, then transfer the liquid to it.
but – I have no idea how long the pump will last or how paint solvents will affect the innards of it.
acetone and lacquer thinner is a lot more harsh than motor gear oil.
I am not worried that something will dissolve the HDPE bottle – just the pump failing to function.
the pump does fit the quart plastic oil bottles and the gallon metal cans with the tube extender.
I make a label on my computer and print it out, spray it with clear poly and glue it to the bottle.


oh ~ a note of CAUTION: if you use this type of pump, it does not seal itself.
meaning if you bump it over, the contents will run out of the hose. not a good thing.

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#10 posted 02-22-2018 08:28 PM

This topic was discussed a while back. I expressed some pretty strong opinions about the safety issues involved with using pumps for volatile, flammable solvents. My opinions are based on almost fifty years as a synthetic organic chemist working with highly flammable, toxic, and sometimes pyrophoric materials. Your results may vary, but there are some things I choose not to do in my basement shop.

http://lumberjocks.com/topics/156858

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