Aerosol Paint spray-can heads

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Forum topic by Desert_Woodworker posted 07-02-2017 02:04 AM 764 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-02-2017 02:04 AM

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When you have a “clogged” spray can, let’s say paint, from HD… do you throw it away, return it to the vendor or as a recent review posted “purchase a replacement head”? Spray cans love them or hate them….

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#1 posted 07-02-2017 02:34 AM

You can often unclog it with some paint thinner or alcohol. You can also get new spray heads. I bet you could get like a thousand off Alibaba for not much money.

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#2 posted 07-02-2017 02:35 AM

If spray cans are used frequently, it’s not a bad idea to collect a few working tips instead of throwing them all away with the empty cans. Then there’s always a spare to replace the occasional clogged tip.

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#3 posted 07-03-2017 03:49 PM

In the long run, I always turn the can upside down and spray to clear the nozzle. Sure, it wastes a little of the propellant but better than a wasted can of paint. And it clears the valve at the top of the can. Besides, I usually run out of paint before the propellant is gone anyway. Love the idea of saving the old tips rather than throwing away.

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#4 posted 07-09-2017 07:09 PM

One thing to note is that the newer cans with “any angle spray” technology make it much more difficult to clean the tips before storing a can. The only solution I have is to remove the tips and drop them in a solvent container for a minute or two.

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