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Publication numberUS3918582 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateNov 11, 1975
Filing dateJan 22, 1974
Priority dateJan 22, 1974
Publication numberUS 3918582 A, US 3918582A, US-A-3918582, US3918582 A, US3918582A
InventorsAlan D Wallace
Original AssigneeAlan D Wallace
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Container for soaking and preserving paint brushes and paint roller covers
US 3918582 A
A cylindrical container for paint dissolving and cleaning fluids provides a means for alternately storing a paint roller cover or one or more paint brushes.
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United States Patent 1191 Wallace Nov. 11, 1975 CONTAINER FOR SOAKING AND PRESERVING PAINT BRUSHES AND PAINT ROLLER COVERS -[76] Inventor: Alan D. Wallace, 2295 Washington St., Lemon Grove, Calif. 92045 [22] Filed: Jan. 22, 1974 [21] App]. No.: 435,600

[52] US. Cl. 206/362; 68/213; 206/209; 220/94 R; 220/288; 222/466 [51] Int. Cl. ..B65D 83/10; B65D 81/24;

B65D 25/28. [58] Field of Search 220/94 R, 39 R, 288;

[56] References Cited UNITED STATES PATENTS 1,314.180 8/1919 Ayres 222/466 1.397.978 11/1921 Olsen 222/466 1.893.628 1/1933 Marsden 222/466 2.270.593 l/1942 Kurath 206/209 2,318,842 5/1943 Eaton.. 134/135 2.445.224 7/1948 Kubiak 06/36 2.595.361 5/1952 Keating 2 0/94 R 2.654.504 10/1953 Hyams 206/209 2,704,931 3/1955 Zelkomu 68/213 2.915.001 12/1959 Montgomery 220/94 R Primary Examiner-William I. Price Assistant Examiner-Allan N. Shoap [57] ABSTRACT A cylindrical container for paint dissolving and c1eaning fluids provides a means for alternately storing a paint roller cover or one or more paint brushes.

1 Claim, 4 Drawing Figures US. Patent Nov. 11, 1975 CONTAINER FOR SOAKING AND PRESERVING PAINT BRUSHES AND PAINT ROLLER COVERS This invention relates to industrial paint accessories and more particularly to accessories for cleaning and maintaining paint brushes and paint roller covers.

A principal object of the present invention is to provide a cylinder container in the bottom of which is a raised screen that can support a paint roller cover, or

alternately a rod passing through opposite walls of the container can be used for suspending one or more paint brushes. The container is provided with a screw cap cover and carry handle and in addition has one or more handles on the container to assist in pouring the contents. The paint roller cover, by resting on a raised support, allows paint sediment to fall clear of the roller bottom. Similarly, suspension of the paint brush is high enough to keep the bristles ends above the sedimentcollection level.

Another object of the present invention is to provide a device of the type described that will simultaneously storage for cleaning both a paint roller cover and one or more paint brushes. For this combined use, the paint brush suspension rod is disposed at one side of the container.

A further object is to provide conservation of paint thinner or solvent since the container allows roller covers to be soaked and/or preserved indefinitely in an air tight space. With this means, roller covers can be used repeatly without imparing their efficiency.

A still further object is to provide a container that is handy for pouring off the contents. For this purpose one or more handles are built into the container.

A yet further object is to provide a container of the type described that can be manufactured for long dependable use at a low market price.

These and other objects will become evident from a study of the following specification and the accompanying drawing, wherein:

FIG. 1 is a view of the container and closing cap;

FIG. 2 is a fragmentary view thereof broken away to show the installation of the brush support;

FIG. 3 is a plan view thereof;

FIG. 4 is a plan section view of FIG. 1 showing the paint residue stand off member.

Referring to the Figures, the container comprises a cylinder assembly 11 and a closure assembly 12.

Container 11 shows a cylindrical wall 13 having a closed bottom 14 and a thread 15 at the upper end. One handle 16 is disposed on one side. A second pouring handle 17 is disposed opposite to handle 16. Resting freely on bottom surface 14 a wire support 18 serves as a standoff for a paint roller cover 19. By use of standoff 18 it becomes apparent that paint removed from roller cover 19 settling :in the bottom area 20 of container 11 will remain clear of the lower end 19a of the roller cover. The upper end 19b is well below the top of container wall 13 to insure that paint solvent will more than cover the roller cover, or will be well above the roller cover.

Closure 12 shows a tight fitting threaded member 21 mating with thread 15 and a general purpose carrying handle 22.

As is best shown in FIGS. 2 and 3, a wire rod 24 passes through a pair of openings 25 in cylinder wall 13 at one side of the internal space. To further add to the support of wire 24 a pair of internal supports 26 may be added. Paint brushes, normally provided with a hole near the end of the handle, may be supported from wire 24 so that the lower end of the bristles will be well above the sediment area 20.

As best seen in FIG. 3, where one paint roller cover 19 is shown, there is room for another paint roller cover.

Appropriate dimensions for container 11 for holding two nine inch roller covers and one paint brush or one nine inch roller cover and two or more paint brushes ARE approximately 1 1 inches. in height by four and one half inches in diameter.

What I now claim is:

1. A container for soaking and preserving paint brushes and paint roller covers, comprising in combination, a cylindrical, upright container, an opening at an upper end of said container, a screw on cap secured upon an upper end of said container, said screw on cap having a U-shaped handle thereupon, handles being located on diametrically opposite sides of said container for facilitating pouring therefrom, a wire support rested upon a bottom wall of said cylinder, said wire support including a grid portion and a leg portion so that said grid portion is elevated above said cylinder bottom wall, said grid portion serving to support paint roller covers placed thereupon, and an upper portion of said cylinder supporting a horizontal wire rod extending therethrough, said wire rod lbeing off-set toward one side of a diameter passing through a center of said cylinder, said wire rod serving to support paint brushes having openings through a handle thereof for being inserted upon said wire rod.

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U.S. Classification206/362, 68/213, 220/288, 222/466, 134/900, 206/209, 220/212.5, 220/772
International ClassificationB44D3/00
Cooperative ClassificationB44D3/006, Y10S134/90
European ClassificationB44D3/00D