Most people have tried their hand at a painting project around their home. Since most do-it-yourselfers generally look to save as much money as they can, they often end up having to use older, used paint. Sometimes this paint contains contaminants such as dirt, small bits of wood or dried pieces of coagulated paint. Many times, a lot of do-it-yourselfers find themselves having to stop painting every few minutes to remove these clumps from their paint. Luckily, you can solve this problem with the help of a simple paint strainer.
Things You'll Need
- Clean 5-gallon bucket
- Paint strainer
How To Use A Paint Strainer
The simple, inexpensive paint strainer can remove about 99 percent of clumps from paint. Even an amateur can use a paint strainer properly. First, place the strainer inside a clean, empty 5-gallon bucket. Wrap the edges of the strainer tightly around the bucket's rim.
Now you're ready to pour the bad paint into the clean 5-gallon bucket. Grip the handle of the bucket containing your left hand and raise the bucket so it's hovering 1 or 2 inches above the clean bucket. Now, take your right hand and grip the bottom edge of the bucket nearest to you. Lift slowly from the bottom and pour the clumpy paint into the clean bucket, through the strainer.
As you pour, the strainer will prevent the clumps from passing through. As the clumps collect, they may clog the strainer, preventing the purified paint from passing through. If this happens, set the bucket down and collect the clumps from the strainer. Once you've cleared the strainer, you can begin pouring again.