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Forum topic by glue4you posted 09-05-2011 11:35 PM 1175 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-05-2011 11:35 PM

Topic tags/keywords: question spray gun finishing

yesterday was a day with one really bad decision in the shop. I took a piece of t-shirt cloth, dipped it in my can of poly and wiped it on a wine screw (the wooden part) I wanted to finish. When I put the lid back on I saw a thin layer of fibres swimming in the poly. It’s that deadly expensive marine stuff and it’s nearly full to the top.

So now my question: How do you filter your paint? Is there a foolproof way without buying or ordering these paint strainers? I want to use some of the poly in my spray gun next week.

Thanks for your ideas!


P.S.: Yes, I know I shouldn’t contaminate paint containers …

-- Alex ----- Bavaria in Germany

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#1 posted 09-05-2011 11:52 PM

Ladies nylons work great, just don’t let the mrs. caught you taking them…lol

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#2 posted 09-05-2011 11:54 PM

Any automotive paint supplier will have paint strainers. I pay about 60cents ea. for them. For poly, try to get a medium not fine. You’ll be there all day waiting for poly to get through the fine.
If you have a Home Depot nearby they have 1 gallon filters for latex that should work also. A little more coarse filter than the auto grade but will get cloth fibers out.
If your going to spray with air straining the product is a must as you pour it into your cup. Airless sprayers have the filters in the pump and gun.

-- Gary; Marysville, MI...Involve your children in your projects as much as possible, the return is priceless.

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#3 posted 09-05-2011 11:56 PM

You can get filters from most auto parts store. I got mine from NAPPA. They cost a few cents each, but worth it. The nylons work great too.

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