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Publication numberUS20030053838 A1
Publication typeApplication
Application numberUS 10/283,131
Publication dateMar 20, 2003
Filing dateOct 30, 2002
Priority dateMar 22, 1999
Also published asUS7229206, US20050018533
Publication number10283131, 283131, US 2003/0053838 A1, US 2003/053838 A1, US 20030053838 A1, US 20030053838A1, US 2003053838 A1, US 2003053838A1, US-A1-20030053838, US-A1-2003053838, US2003/0053838A1, US2003/053838A1, US20030053838 A1, US20030053838A1, US2003053838 A1, US2003053838A1
InventorsMike Whitney
Original AssigneeMike Whitney
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Geometric and perforated paint mixer and paint roller cleaner
US 20030053838 A1
Abstract
The present invention sets forth a painting implement which enables the user to mix paint and to clean conventional paint rollers utilizing a hand drill. The painting implement is selectively adjustable to be configured to mix paint and to support a paint roller for cleaning, thereby being capable of providing several functions. Implements of different diameters may be provided, for cleaning and using an assortment of sizes of paint rollers. The implement is provided with a paddle member that is perforated and of a geometric wave-like form to enhance mixing.
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I claim:
1. A painting implement, said implement comprising:
a paddle member, said paddle member having an interior and an exterior side, wherein said paddle member is formed of a wave-like geometric configuration having angled portions;
a shaft having a proximal end and a distal end for operatively connecting to a drive means for applying external forces, and
means for rotably attaching said paddle member to said shaft,
wherein said means for attaching is configured to selectively allow said paddle member placement between a first and second position, said first position comprising the paddle member perpendicularly aligned relative to a longitudinal axis of said shaft and said second position comprising the paddle member aligned in a substantially parallel position relative to a longitudinal axis of said shaft; and
position stop means for selectively maintaining said paddle member in either of said first or second position.
2. The painting implement as in claim 1, wherein
said paddle member comprises a series of perforated holes formed therein.
3. The painting implement as in claim 2, wherein said paddle member has a spiral, wave-like geometric shape; and wherein the proximal end of said shaft is formed with a twist resulting in a diagonal offset from normal with respect to said paddle member.
4. The painting implement as in claim 3, wherein
said position stop means comprises a set of protrusions located on the interior side of said paddle member, said protrusions located and configured to frictionally secure said paddle member in said positions alternatively.
5. The painting implement according to claim 4, wherein said paddle member is dimensioned and configured to engage paint rollers of different dimensions.
6. A painting implement, said implement comprising:
a paddle member, said paddle member having an interior and an exterior side, wherein said paddle member is formed of a wave-like geometric configuration having angled portions;
shaft means for operativley connecting said paddle member to a drive means for providing external forces;
a first shaft member having a proximal end and a distal end, said distal end having a primary mating portion and
a second shaft member having a proximal end and a distal end, said proximal end and having a secondary mating portion; and
wherein said primary mating portion of said first shaft member is adapted to matingly couple with said secondary mating portion of said second shaft member;
means for rotably attaching said paddle member to said shaft means,
wherein said means for attaching is configured to selectively allow said paddle member placement between a first and second position:
said first position comprising the paddle member perpendicularly aligned relative to a longitudinal axis of said shaft and said second position comprising the paddle member aligned in a substantially parallel position relative to a longitudinal axis of said shaft; and
position stop means for selectively maintaining said paddle member in either of said first or second position relative to said shaft means.
7. The painting implement as in claim 6, wherein
said paddle member comprises a series of perforated holes formed therein.
8. The painting implement as in claim 7, wherein said paddle member has a spiral, wave-like geometric shape; and wherein the proximal end of said shaft means is formed with a twist resulting in a diagonal offset from normal with respect to said paddle member.
9. The painting implement as in claim 8, wherein
said position stop means comprises a set of protrusions located on the interior side of said paddle member, said protrusions located and configured to frictionally secure said paddle member in said positions alternatively.
Description
REFERENCE TO RELATED APPLICATION

[0001] This is a Continuation-in-Part of Ser. No. 09/621,079, filed Jul. 21, 2000, entitled Paint Cleanup Kit; which is a Continuation-In-Part of Ser. No. 09/273,473, filed Mar. 22, 1999.

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

[0002] 1. Field of the Invention

[0003] The present invention relates to painting accessories, and more particularly to a painting implement that assists in diverse operations of hand painting, such as mixing and stirring paint solutions, as well as aiding in cleaning the used paint roller.

[0004] 2. Description of the Prior Art

[0005] Painting by hand, particularly building walls and partitions and other large objects, requires different tools such as brushes and rollers for applying paint to surfaces being painted. When a painter interrupts his or her work for any reason, it is a wise precaution to clean brushes and rollers so that paint will not dry and cake thereon. Frequently this is done by wiping brushes and even rollers on a convenient surface, such as the inner flange of a paint can. However, wiping leaves a considerable amount of paint on the brush or roller.

[0006] The prior art has taken note of the problem of efficient cleaning paint supplies, and has proposed apparatus to expedite cleaning. The prior art as seen in U.S. Pat. Nos. 3,925,908 (issued to Kirkley J. Dunn on Dec. 16, 1975); U.S. Pat. No. 6,012,473 (issued to Takehiko Koyama on Jan. 11, 2000); U.S. Pat. No. 3,460,268 (issued to Carl F. Greathouse on Aug. 12, 1969); U.S. Pat. No. 4,545,395 (issued to Kolb on Oct. 8, 1985); U.S. Pat. No. 5,984,518 (issued to King et al. on Nov. 16, 1999); and U.S. Pat. No. 2,931,661, (issued to Joseph N. Harris on Apr. 5, 1960) as cited in the copending parent application Ser. No. 09/621,079 are all incorporated herein as reference.

[0007] The prior art is replete with devices designed to address the problems of adequate paint mixing as shown in the references to Cooke (U.S. Pat. No. 4,054,272), Silverman (U.S. Pat. No. 2,799,485), Gibson (U.S. Pat. No. 1,841,435); and Place (U.S. Pat. No. 2,896,925). These disclosed patents provide novel means of mixing paint solutions however none of these devices may also be used during the painting process serving as a paint solution mixer in addition to a paint roller cleaner.

[0008] None of the above inventions and patents, taken either singly or in combination, is seen to describe the instant invention as claimed.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

[0009] The present invention sets forth a painting implement which enables the user to mix paint and to clean conventional paint rollers utilizing a hand drill. The painting implement is selectively adjustable to be configured to mix paint and to support a paint roller for cleaning, thereby being capable of providing several functions. Implements of different diameters may be provided, for cleaning and using an assortment of sizes of paint rollers. The implement is provided with a paddle member that is perforated and of a geometric wave-like form to enhance mixing.

[0010] It is therefore an object of the invention to provide an implement for painting that performs several painting related functions including mixing and cleaning.

[0011] It is another object of the invention that the implements engage a hand drill for imparting rotation for paint mixing, and cleaning of paint rollers.

[0012] It is a further object of the invention that the implement engage paint rollers of different dimensions, thereby cooperating with standard painting tools.

[0013] It is an object of the invention to provide a painting implement for the purposes described which is inexpensive, dependable and fully effective in accomplishing its intended purposes.

[0014] It is a further object of the invention to provide a painting implement that assumes two different functional positions with ease.

[0015] It is an object of the invention to provide a painting implement that is effective but simple in design resulting in lower manufacturing costs.

[0016] These and other objects of the present invention will become readily apparent upon further review of the following specification and drawings.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

[0017] Various other objects, features, and attendant advantages of the present invention will become more fully appreciated as the same becomes better understood when considered in conjunction with the accompanying drawings, in which like reference characters designate the same or similar parts throughout the several views, and wherein:

[0018]FIG. 1A is a front view of the inventive painting implement in a first position.

[0019]FIG. 1B is a side view of the inventive painting implement in a first position.

[0020]FIG. 2A is a front view of the inventive painting implement in a second position.

[0021]FIG. 2B is a side view of the inventive painting implement in a second position.

[0022]FIG. 3 is a back view of the inventive painting implement with arrows indicating movement between two positions.

[0023]FIG. 4A is an environmental view of the inventive painting implement in accordance with the present invention in use as a paint mixer.

[0024]FIG. 4B is an environmental view of the inventive painting implement, in accordance with the present invention, in use as a paint mixer for quart-sized, or small, paint cans and/or containers.

[0025]FIG. 5 is an environmental view of the painting implement in use as a support for a paint roller in accordance with the present invention.

[0026]FIG. 6 is an environmental view of the paint implement in use cleaning a paint roller.

[0027]FIG. 7 is a front view of the paint implement being connected by a two-part rod, in accordance with the present invention.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE PREFERRED EMBODIMENTS

[0028]FIGS. 1A and 1B show the inventive, geometrically shaped painting implement 100. As seen in FIG. 1A, the inventive painting implement 100 has a paddle member 10 that is perforated and has a geometric wave-like form. FIG. 1B better illustrates the geometric, spiral, wave-like characteristic in the side view of the implement 100.

[0029] The paddle member 10 is attached to a rod shaft 16 preferably at the center of said paddle member 10 by a pivoting fastener 14. The fastener 14 may comprise any suitable means of connection allowing the paddle member 10 to move between two positions, discussed further below. For instance, the fastener 14 may include known rivets, pivots, bolts, nuts, etc. which provide selective movement of said member 10.

[0030] The inventive painting implement 100 may be set at two functionally distinct positions depending on the operation being performed with paddle member 10. FIGS. 1A and 1B illustrate the first position, which is employed when the implement 100 is used as a paint mixer/stirrer. As shown in FIGS. 4A & 4B, the rod shaft 16 is an elongated, rigid shaft coupling the paddle member 10 to an electrically operated hand drill 50.

[0031]FIGS. 2A and 2B illustrate the painting implement 100 in a second position wherein the paddle member 10 is positioned substantially parallel, with an offset of an acute angle with respect to the rod shaft 16 (described further below). In this second position, the implement 100 functions as an element for directly supporting a paint roller 60, as shown in FIG. 5. The paddle member 10 is inserted into the interior wall 62 of paint roller 60.

[0032]FIG. 3 illustrates the movements between the two functional positions with arrow 20. Longitudinal axis Y is indicated by a dotted line adjacent shaft 16. The paddle member 16 has a major axis M indicated by a dotted line. When the paddle member 10 is in the first position, the major axis of the paddle member, M, is perpendicular with respect to the shaft axis Y. When the paddle member 10 is in the second position, shown in phantom, the longitudinal axis Y of shaft 16 is aligned substantially parallel at an acute angle, α, with respect to the major axis M of the paddle 10. This small displacement, affording a small offset from actual parallel alignment allows for frictional fitting of the paddle member 10 within a paint roller 60.

[0033] The two functional positions of the paddle member 10 are maintained in a locked position by friction. While in either the first or second position, a set of protrusions 13 a and 13 b are formed on the interior side 11 of the paddle member 10 (FIG. 3). These protrusions 13 a and 13 b are specifically formed on particular locations of the interior side 11 such that their locations provide a stopping means locking the paddle member in either the first or second position.

[0034]FIGS. 4A & 4B show the implement 100 in use stirring a paint solution 42 within a paint container 40. The arrows indicate movement currents of the paint solution 42 as it is being mixed. The perforations 12 within paddle member 10 in conjunction with the spiral, wave-like form of paddle member 10 both play a major part in further assisting with the mixing i.e., stirring motion) of paint solution 42 when the paddle is in motion.

[0035] In addition, as best seen in FIG. 3, diagonal orientation of shaft 16 provides a skewed, offset of shaft 16 to not only ensure secured placement within a paint roller 60, but also to enhance the rotational movement of implement 100. The proximal end 16 p of shaft 16 is formed with a twist resulting in a diagonal shift from axis Y along the length of the shaft 16, thus forming angle α. This shift also produces a diagonal shift from normal with respect to the major axis M, thus forming angle β. Due to the skewed offset design of shaft 16, centrifugal forces are greatly increased as an oscillating “whipping” action results when torque is applied via mechanical driving means 50. Conceivably, in the absence of a mechanical driving means (such as a drill 50) the proximal end 17 of the shaft 16 may be clasped between the hands of a user and rotated or spun within the paint solution 42 for mixture.

[0036] Additionally, this second position may also be employed to assist with the cleaning of a paint roller 60. As shown in FIG. 6, paint roller 60 may be inserted in a container 70 containing a cleaning solution 72. A hand drill 50 coupled to the paddle member 10 (by way of shaft 16) spins the roller 60, as indicated by arrow 75. The centrifugal forces produced by the offset shape of the paddle member 10 during the spinning aids in the removal of paint embedded within the fibers of roller 60 by producing a whipping action. This oscillation greatly enhances the cleaning process. The spiral, wave-like form of the paddle member 10 also further enhances the circulation of fluid within container 72.

[0037] The present invention is susceptible to variations and modifications which may be introduced thereto without departing from the inventive concept. For example, paddle member 10 may be removable from rod shaft 16, rather than having a rivet 14. Instead, paddle member 10 could be retained by friction in the two operative positions if desired. Additionally, the size of the paddle member 10 may vary so that each it may be usable with paint rollers 60 of different dimensions. The paddle member 10 may have edges formed in a beveled manner (not shown) to facilitate other uses of the paddle 10 such as opening paint cans, etc.

[0038] In an alternate embodiment, as shown in FIG. 7, the shaft may be configured as a two-part shaft having proximal part 16 a and a distal part 16 b. This two=part shaft embodiment facilitates attachment of painting element 10 to very small paint rollers, or the sort. Herein, the proximal part 16 a is formed with a hollow interior 162 having a mating section 160 a (such as threads, grooves, lip-snaps, and the like). The distal part 16 b has an elongated stem-like portion 165 that is received by hollow interior 162 of the proximal part 16 a.

[0039] Distal part 16 b may also have a threaded portion 160 b which mates with thread portion 160 a of proximal part 162 for secured attachment of the two parts. As in the preferred embodiment, this two-part shaft (16 a & 16 b) may be configured with a skewed offset resulting in a diagonal orientation with respect to the longitudinal axis to similarly aid in increasing centrifugal forces for enhanced stirring motions. Although shown in one position, the two-part embodiment also allows the paddle member 10 to assume both functional positions.

[0040] It is to be understood that the present invention is not limited to the embodiments described above, but encompasses any and all embodiments within the scope of the following claims.

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US7422363Feb 22, 2005Sep 9, 2008Wilmer ParkerFluid mixing apparatus
US20110162539 *Aug 12, 2009Jul 7, 2011Kiseok YounPeeling machine
Classifications
U.S. Classification401/4, 366/605, 401/292
International ClassificationA46B17/06
Cooperative ClassificationY10S366/605, Y10S134/90, B01F7/003, B01F13/002, B01F7/00058, A46B2200/202, B01F2215/005, B01F13/0028, A46B17/06
European ClassificationB01F7/00B10C1, B01F7/00B16B5A, B01F13/00K2B, B01F13/00K2B10, A46B17/06