How To Pour From A Can

If someone told us we'd one day tell people how to pour from a can we'd have accused them of insulting your intelligence. Then we saw this.

All of us have tried to pour fluids from a full can only to end up wearing the contents. It's one of those things that most of us have learned to live with, but it doesn't have to be that way.

Here's the solution: When pouring from a full container, roll it on its side and pour with the spout toward the top of the can. That way the fluid won't pour until the can pitches well over.

The Foundation Is The Finish

Paint has always been notoriously thin, approximately 2-3 mils or roughly the thickness of a human hair. Though seemingly sparse, that’s sufficient to fill 400-grit sanding marks.

Modern paints aren’t so forgiving. As we revealed last month, waterborne basecoats achieve about 0.5-mil coverage. That’s 15-25 percent of what older solvent-based paints could achieve. They rely on immaculately smooth surfaces. While Hutton says we can get away with 400-grit prep with solvent-based paints he advises at least 600-grit for waterborne finishes.

Panel Cleaning

Both waterborne and solvent-based paints are vulnerable to water and oil. The difference is that the solvent preparation for solvent-based paint eliminates water contaminants. The preparation for waterborne paints, on the other hand, can potentially contaminate waterborne finishes: any trace of water that lingers can wreck a basecoat.

Hutton recommends first scrubbing the surface with a water-based cleaner to eliminate salts and minerals, following it with the solvent-based cleaner. The solvent-based cleaner is more volatile, and in his estimation, is more likely to displace water and cause it to evaporate.

Gun Cleaning

The cleaning technique applied to painted surfaces extends similarly to spray guns. Even if shooting with water-based formulas exclusively, Hutton says it pays to finish the cleaning process with a solvent-like lacquer thinner or acetone. More than displace water, those volatile solvents evaporate quickly and leave the gun bone dry.