Recycled Thinners



Just like recycled Acetone we can do the same here with 2 pack thinners, 2K, lacquers etc.

After washing out our spray gun, brush or roller we can pour the used thinners into a clean 2 or 4 litre tin with a safety screw on lid, make sure that you name it like Recycled Thinners or Used Thinners so you know what it is and makes it easy to find and make sure it’s out of reach of children.

Even Gunwash (which is a retail highly filtered version of recycled thinners used for spray gun cleaning) can be put into our Recycled Thinner tin to be recycled again, over a period of time the paints will separate from the thinners settling or congealing to the bottom of the tin leaving behind a semi to clear thinner which we can use again as a first rinse to clean out spray guns etc. this can also be put back in to be recycled again.

When the tin is full you can decant any clear thinner off the top to a new tin and start again, screw on the lid of the old tin and do the right thing and next time you visit the local dump you can dispose of it carefully at the Paint and Chemical bay to be disposed of properly.

You know, sometimes when we have finished spray painting a boat, car or what ever in 2 pack or Duco lacquers etc. we may have some left in the bowl if we are happy with our job and we have no further use for it then instead of polluting the fence line or ground why not put into a tin it will go hard and can be thrown into the rubbish bin, make sure it’s well away from little hands while it goes hard.

On the other hand if we had a mishap and scored a run, insect or like me a large hornet decided to land on the roof of a car and carry on moving all around and making me not happy at all (I always carry a plastic disposable tweezers on me to remove big insects if it happens but very rare) so we usually need to leave the paint go hard before we can do anything about it.

If it was a pre-tinted color and we had finish the job and there is still some in the bowl the this paint becomes valuable, so we could use this to touch up the mark otherwise it’s a trip back to the paint shop to get more mixed up and that is costly and could be some distance away.

We can save this by putting it into a clean glass jar adding a bit of thinner to it to slow down the gelling period, screw on the lid and wrap some masking tape around the lid place in a plastic bag and put low in the workshop fridge, beer fridge or non food fridge, even a small ice box with freezer packs around it will do the job as the cold will slow down the setting/gelling time of the paint, paint like this should last for next day or bit longer, keep the jar/bottle upright so not to leak.

When you are ready to touch up the mishap take out the paint undo the masking tap mix it up and let it warm up to ambient air temperature before use, thin if required and if over thin let stand with lid open so the excess thinners can escape, don’t use if it has lumps in it or started to gel, a touch up gun is best here that has a overhead smaller bowl and filter the paint before it does into the bowl if possible as not to get any small dirt etc to clog up your spray nozzle.




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