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Title: US5555592: Paint-can channel cleaner and recycler
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Country: US United States of America

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Inventor: Crego, Charles R.; Ft. Meyers, FL 33919

Assignee: None

Published / Filed: 1996-09-17 / 1994-12-07

Application Number: US1994000350625

IPC Code: Advanced: B44D 3/16;
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IPC-7: B44D 3/16;

ECLA Code: B44D3/16B;

U.S. Class: Current: 015/236.07; 015/104.8; 015/236.01; 015/236.09; D32/049;
Original: 015/236.07; 015/236.01; 015/236.09; 015/104.8; D32/049;

Field of Search: 015/104.8,236.01,236.05,236.06,236.07,236.08,236.09 D32/046,49

Priority Number:
1994-12-07  US1994000350625

Abstract:     A cleaning device for scooping the paint left over in the channel or groove of a can of liquid paint by previous uses of the can, and for returning the collected paint, back to the interior of the can, while the device is pushed around the can to effect both the scooping action on the liquid paint and the deflecting action of the liquid back to the can. The device has a scooping section, made of stamped material, and having the shape and mold of the groove, so as to present a perfect match with the contour of the groove for effectively scooping the paint, and a deflecting surface for returning the scooped paint back to the interior of the can. It also has a long and flat handle section which is easy to hold. The device is meant to be low cost in manufacture, so as to proliferate in large and inexpensive numbers among paint users, paint shops and paint dealers.

Attorney, Agent or Firm: Poff, Clifford A. ;

Primary / Asst. Examiners: Spisich, Mark;

Maintenance Status: E2 Expired  Check current status

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Family: None

First Claim:
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I claim:     1. A device for cleaning a lid channel around the upper perimeter of a paint can by scooping the liquid paint left in the lid channel from previous use of the can, and directing the paint towards an interior portion of the can, made of one flat and long piece of material, and comprising:
  • (a) an elongated curved scooping section including an elongated scoop having a lower surface which is shaped to match the shape and size of the lid channel and an upper surface which defines an elongated groove in said scooping section, said scoop further having first and second sides on opposite sides of said elongated groove, a deflecting surface extending along the first side of said scoop to change the flow of the residual paint created by said scooping section, while it is being scooped by pushing the device around the perimeter of the can, said deflecting surface adapted to direct the paint in a direction toward the interior portion of the can along the length of the elongated scoop, the elongated groove in the scooping section having a width which increases from a free end of the scooping section toward an opposite second end of the scooping section and wherein the wider end thereof is curved toward the interior portion of the can when in use;
  • (b) a discharging surface extending along the second side of the scoop forming a continuation of the scooping section of the device and serving to help direct the flow of paint from the scooping section towards the interior of the can, the discharging surface being separated from the scoop by a member defining a channel for receiving the inner edge of the rim of the can, there being means at the second end of the scooping section adjacent an end of said member for directing the flow of paint from the scoop to the discharging surface; and
  • (c) a long handle extending from the second end of the scooping section, for holding the device and conveniently pushing around the can in its scooping action.

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Patent  Pub.Date  Inventor Assignee   Title
Get PDF - 2pp USD243312  1977-02 Chaney   Paint can rim cleaning tool
Get PDF - 3pp US2524116  1950-10 Rein   Mixing bowl scraper
Get PDF - 3pp US2860858  1958-11 Kurs   Combination stirring and mixing paddle and container scraper
Get PDF - 4pp US3080593* 1963-03 Wilson    
Get PDF - 3pp US3267506* 1966-08 Van Patten    
Get PDF - 5pp US3551937  1971-01 Nelson   CAN TOP CLEANER
Get PDF - 4pp US3604047  1971-09 Hennigan   PAINT CAN CLEANING DEVICE
Get PDF - 6pp US4553279  1985-11 Gassew et al.   Multi-purpose paint stick
Get PDF - 4pp US4628563  1986-12 Kramer   Paint can rim and lid scraper
Get PDF - 6pp US4930177  1990-06 Rastutis   Scraper for the friction seal of paint cans
Get PDF - 7pp US4982471  1991-01 Bannan   Multi-use paint tool
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Foreign References:
Publication Date IPC Code Assignee   Title
Buy PDF - 4pp DE3724007 1989-02  A47J 43/00 W. F. Kaiser & Co GmbH, 5408 Nassau, DE Gummischaber fuer den Kuechengebrauch 

Other Abstract Info: DERABS G96-432443 DERG96-432443

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