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Old 12-13-2015, 10:54 PM   #1
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Default Easy fast paint screen cleaning.

Was doing some cleaning and work today, back and forth thing. Anyway I remember seeing some threads awhile ago about favorite tools or tips & tricks.

Well...during part of cleaning process I figured I'd share this tip we use to clean the paint screens that usually get gunked up with excess paint etc.

Solution: fire.

Usually douse screens with lacquer thinner and torch em. So for people in cold climates, this is right up your ally.

Not including burn process. Total time to clean was probably around 2 minutes, maybe a little less.

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Old 12-13-2015, 11:10 PM   #2
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Was doing some cleaning and work today, back and forth thing. Anyway I remember seeing some threads awhile ago about favorite tools or tips & tricks.

Well...during part of cleaning process I figured I'd share this tip we use to clean the paint screens that usually get gunked up with excess paint etc.
Is this the thread you were referring to?

https://www.painttalk.com/f2/post-pai...-244/#post2331

If so, you should add yours to that long, long list.
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Is that low voc compliant? Lol neat trick for sure! Ty for sharing.
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That is an old school trick. For me screens last awhile and are cheap enough to just replace when needed, but what ever is working for you.
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That is an old school trick. For me screens last awhile and are cheap enough to just replace when needed, but what ever is working for you.
Yep. Old timers knew how to do it good. Still works.
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I just want a good excuse to see one burn.lol
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I like them with some paint build up...they take to much paint off when they're new.
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That is just so wrong in so many ways!

That's how we clean out five gallon buckets too!

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If you do this at lunch time you can take a can of soup or beef stew, tear off the label, poke a hole in the top, set it in a puddle of thinner and light it up. When the fire is out you have lunch and a clean grid.
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That is just so wrong in so many ways!

That's how we clean out five gallon buckets too!

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the plastic fives do burn nice

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problem with burning the grids is that they then rust even faster - if that's possible. And I HATE particles of bunt iron oxide in my paint - or ANY unmixed tint particles.

Although, polka-dot paint IS one of those quests that the Stooges sent Vernon Dent on.



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Is this the thread you were referring to?

https://www.painttalk.com/f2/post-pai...-244/#post2331

If so, you should add yours to that long, long list.
You mean so long list.
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problem with burning the grids is that they then rust even faster - if that's possible. And I HATE particles of bunt iron oxide in my paint - or ANY unmixed tint particles.

Although, polka-dot paint IS one of those quests that the Stooges sent Vernon Dent on.
Never had a problem with rust or the burnt charcoal stuff mixing with paint. Just have to clean them up with a little lacquer thinner or water before you use them. Whipe it down with a rag. Problem solved.

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I did the burning trick with roller grids one time about 15 years ago. After all was said and done, I decided roller grids didn't cost that damn much.
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I did the burning trick with roller grids one time about 15 years ago. After all was said and done, I decided roller grids didn't cost that damn much.
Seriously I've got better things to do with my time rather than to torching roller grids.

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Grids take too much paint off when they new? I think it's the other way around.

Anyways, at 3 bux a grid? Give me a break to clean one.
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I did a 'burning of the screens a few months ago. I had about 15 old ones laying around, mostly the smaller ones that go in two gallon buckets. I burned them all out in a metal fiver while I was cleaning the shop.

Think that was the first time I had actually done it but I remember my dad doing it every so often when I was a kid.

Even if you do several at a time it's hard to justify the direct economics of doing it. Probably takes an hour to do a batch by the time you burn them, wire brush them and spray paint them (prevents rust).

But still, I kind of enjoyed doing it. Mostly for nostalgias sake.

I switched from duces and screens to the Speed Buckets recently, so I hardly even even use screens anymore. As far as fiver screens, I switched to pans a long time ago.

At least now when I do need one on occasion, I have a stack of clean recycled ones. Probably enough to last my lifetime.


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$3 or $4 isn't bad. But times 10 or 15? Every time you roll? No thanks.

I don't mind tossing roller covers, but cleaning these took less than 2 minutes (of actual brush time). And using scrap lacquer thinner for general cleaning anyway...not losing much there.

I just don't find it a big time or money loss. Only clean them once in awhile anyway.
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I like them loaded up with dry paint to the point you cant see through them .After use i hang them in a box that paint comes in .Don't get me wrong a nice fresh new one is good to.
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If the paint you're burning off is 0 VOC paint does that make it better for the environment?
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