You use to do a lot of work with spray paint, you can find that with time the tips of the spray paint nozzles also get clogged or gummed up with old paint from your last venture. This can be cured and you can still utilize the paint that remains in that can with just some simple steps and some additional parts. There are a number of methods that can get around this issue, with keeping old nozzles as your paint runs out. You can then clean these and store them for future projects as wanted, and prevent having to stop in the mid of a project to clean out nozzles.
Things you’ll need
- Paint thinner.
- Paint can nozzles.
- Old metal can.
- Miscellaneous straw attachments.
Step 1 - Remove the Clogged Nozzle
If you see then on the tip of your spray paint can is the small little button you push for the paint to escape, this may get clogged because of old paint is dried in the valve. Remove the spray paint nozzles and you can place them in a can and allow them to soak for a few minutes without fear of them melting. Put approximately a 1/2 inch to 1 inch of thinner in the can and allow them to soak for a few minutes as you get ready.
Step 2 - Blow Air through the Valve
You need to take your spray paint nozzles one at a time, and attach a straw into the hole where the paint sprays out. You can utilize the equal size straw as on a Rust-Oleum Spray Cane, and in some hardware stores you can purchase them for more complete spray paint work. Utilize one of these straws that you have never utilized paint through and blow out through it into the valve. This part of the spray nozzle does not have a contrary pressure release on it, and can let you to blow air straight through, pushing the old paint out.
Step 3 - Spray Valve Replacement
You can also simply purchase new spray paint nozzles and change them out with your old ones, or even take the nozzle from another can that has run out of paint. The nozzles will come moderately clean from using the thinner and blowing air via the lines, however people that utilize a lot of spray paint such as auto detailer's and wall mural artists, usually known to keep a few extra nozzles laying around while they work to avoid being interrupted.
Step 4 - Dry the Nozzles before Use
When once they have been cleaned out, make sure to allow them air dry before utilizing them to avoid the thinner from causing your paint to streak or run from shooting left over thinner into the paint mixture. You can reuse spray paint nozzles over and over again, and if you keep old ones as you use the paint up, you will quickly grow a rather large collection of old nozzles. Simply allow them to sit and dry after the line has been cleared and the thinner will swiftly evaporate leaving a clean nozzle for future use.