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Publication numberUS2444096 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateJun 29, 1948
Filing dateOct 15, 1945
Priority dateOct 15, 1945
Publication numberUS 2444096 A, US 2444096A, US-A-2444096, US2444096 A, US2444096A
InventorsFaust William R
Original AssigneePainter Corp E Z
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Paint receptacle for use with roller type applicators
US 2444096 A
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June 29, 1948- w. R. FAUST PAINT RECEPTACLE FOR USE WITH ROLLER TYPE APPLICATORS Filed 001;. 15, 1945 Mi /ham Fausf Patented 1948 PAINT BECEPTACLE FOR USE WITH ROLLER TYPE APPHCA'I'ORS William R. Faust, Oshkosh, Wia, assignor to E Z Paintr Corporation, a corporation of Wisconsin Application October 15, 1945, Serial No. 622.245

1Claim. 1

This invention relates to paint receptacles and has as its object the provision of a. tray adapted to conveniently hold a supply of paint for use in conjunction with roller type paint applicators. In the use of such paint applicators it has been found expedient to use a tray-like receptacle having a sloping bottom so that excess paint picked up by the roller can be squeezed out by rolling the applicator along the upper portion of the inclined bottom which is not submerged.

However, such paint trays heretofore in use had no provision for supporting or holding the same in elevated positions, and it is therefore an object of this invention to provide a simple but eflective means for supporting trays of this type from a step or the top of a step ladder or other similar support.

with the above and other objects in view, which will appear as the description proceeds, this invention resides in the novel construction, combination and arrangement of parts substantially as hereinafter described, and more particularly defined by the appended claim, it being understood that such changes in the precise embodiment of the hereindisclosed invention may be made as come within the scope of the claim.

The accompanying drawing illustrates one complete example of the physical embodiment of the invention constructed in accordance with the best mode so far devised for the practical application of the principles thereof, and in which:

Figure 1 is a perspective view illustrating a tray embodying'this invention supported on the top of a step ladder;

Figure 2 is a bottom view of the tray; and

Figure 3 is a side view thereof with a part broken away and in section.

Referring now more particularly to the accompanyi g drawing, in which like numerals indicate like parts, the numeral 5 designates generally an open-topped tray-like receptacle which is preferably formed of sheet metal and is substantially rectangular having side walls 8, end walls i and I, and a sloping bottom 9. The side and end walls are preferably perpendicular to the plane of the open top of the receptacle and the end wall I is higher than the end wall 8.

Thus, with the tray held with its open top hori- 2 upper portion of the sloping bottom which is not submerged provides a convenient surface over which the applicator may be rolled to squeeze out excess paint from its surface.

To enable the tray to rest upon the floor or other horizontal surface. a foot it extends down from the end wall 8 a distance equal to the height of the opposite end wall 8. This foot I0 is preferably formed of sheet metal with the upper portion thereof suitably fixed to the end wall and preferably extends across the full width of the end wall. At a point horizontall in line with the bottom of the opposite end wall I the foot is bent back on itself as at l l to provide a smooth rounded lower edge l2, and then at a distance up from this bottom edge I! it is again bent at a right angle to form a hook it underlying the bottom wall 9.

The rounded edge I: of the foot being spaced from the plane of the top of the tray the same distance as the bottom of the opposite end wall 9. it follows that whenthe tray is placed upon a horizontal surface it will be in its proper position of use.

The hook I3 is so located with respect to the adjacent portion of the bottom wall which it underlies that it may be engaged under the top it or a step ii of a step ladder I 8 to hold the tray in its desired horizontal position. Inasmuch as the hook l3 extends for almost the full width of the tray it provides a rigid support for the tray and steadies the same from being tipped sidewise.

The cross sectional formation of the foot member likewise reinforces and stiffens the tray.

From the foregoing description -taken in connection with the accompanying drawing it will be readily apparent to those skilled in the art that this invention provides an exceedingl simple but highly effective manner of supporting a paint tray of the kind used with roller type paint applicators either on a flat horizontal surface or in an elevated position as for instance from the top of a step ladder.

What I claim as my invention is:

A paint tray for holding a supply of paint comprising: an open-topped substantially rectangular receptacle having its bottom sloping from end to end so that one end of the receptacle is deeper than the other; a foot portion secured to the end of the receptacle of least depth and comprising a strip of sheet metal of a length substantially equal to the width of the receptacle wlththe upper edge portion thereof fixed to the adjacent end of the receptacle and its lower portion extending downwardly from said end of the receptacle. a

- distance substantially equal to the full depth of the opposite deep end of the receptacle at which point said strip of sheet metal is bent back on itself for .a distance and then =bent angularly to form a hook underlying the bottom of the receptacle and extending across the major portion of its width, said hook being engageable under a support, like a step or the top of a step ladder, to hold the receptacle thereon with its portion of least depth over the support and its portion of greatest depth projecting therebeyond.


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U.S. Classification220/570, 182/120, 248/238, 211/88.1, 182/116, 15/257.6, 248/211, 211/126.1
International ClassificationB44D3/12, E06C7/00, E06C7/16
Cooperative ClassificationE06C7/16, B44D3/126
European ClassificationB44D3/12J, E06C7/16