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Old 09-12-2020, 11:37 AM   #1
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Default Rust Oleum spray cans

Am I the only guy that has issues with Rust Oleum spray can nozzles clogging?
It seems since they changed the nozzle design a few years ago, I throw more cans away than I am able to utilize.
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Old 09-12-2020, 11:42 AM   #2
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If you are buying them at Home Depot, you should be. Just take the half used can back to HD return desk and they will give you a new can. Done it a coupla times with no problem. Don't forget to clear the nozzle after each use. That will help but not resolve the problem.
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Old 09-12-2020, 11:48 AM   #3
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I have the same issue. Not sure if its the little tube coming out of the can or the tip. I've had some that I've never used, only a month or 2 old and nothing comes out even after trying different tips. The tip pops or shoots off after depressing it but nothing comes out. I don't get it, as I can shoot compressed air thru the tip but no paint....
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Old 09-12-2020, 11:56 AM   #4
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As you can see you are not alone. I suspect that at least half of every can is never used. What a waste.
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Old 09-12-2020, 12:00 PM   #5
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I tossed 2 out last week after trying for a hour to get them to work. They were sitting on the shelf for a year and I decided to get them cleared or toss them.
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Old 09-12-2020, 12:04 PM   #6
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Just the opposite, specifically with Rustoleum "Professional" enamels. I just finished off a can I've used off and on for 4 - 5 yrs, worked flawlessly right to the bottom of the can. The instructions say nothing about inverting the can and spraying paint out of the tube, just "wipe paint off nozzle". I've done that and it sprays right away next time I pick it up (months later). Aside from that, it is great paint, very durable and perfect for chassis parts.
https://www.homedepot.com/p/Rust-Ole...8838/100114318
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Old 09-12-2020, 12:11 PM   #7
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Just the opposite, specifically with Rustoleum "Professional" enamels. I just finished off a can I've used off and on for 4 - 5 yrs, worked flawlessly right to the bottom of the can. The instructions say nothing about inverting the can and spraying paint out of the tube, just "wipe paint off nozzle". I've done that and it sprays right away next time I pick it up (months later). Aside from that, it is great paint, very durable and perfect for chassis parts.
https://www.homedepot.com/p/Rust-Ole...8838/100114318
4-5yr old can....Maybe you have the old style nozzle?
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Old 09-12-2020, 12:15 PM   #8
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funny you should comment, just threw away four rust-o-leum cans. I have started using the red primer from my local true value hardware, it is their brand never have had a failure and it is rustoleum in a different can
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Old 09-12-2020, 12:29 PM   #9
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Ever since I started storing all my spray cans on their sides, I no longer have any problems. I also buy the Walmart carb cleaner and use the tube sprayer to flush through the paint nozzel before I put the can away. I also use the cleaner on my spray guns.
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Old 09-12-2020, 12:54 PM   #10
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I have found that they need to be shaken a LONG time, with theory being they have sat for a long time on a store shelf and all the pigment settles to the bottom, just like in a gallon can of paint. I have a vibratory parts polisher with a bowl and when I'm going to use a can of spray paint I shake it in that for several minutes, the longer the better. Since I started doing that I've had few problems with clogging. Just yesterday I used up several partial cans on the interior of a '67 Mustang body--it's a coat of many colors but it will all be covered and I just wanted a coat of paint on the steel--and none of the old cans plugged up. Just for insurance I keep several nozzles sitting in a closed container submerged in lacquer thinner.
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Old 09-12-2020, 01:12 PM   #11
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One time I called them. Nothing happened. I lose a lot of paint
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Old 09-12-2020, 01:17 PM   #12
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Yeah, have had bad luck with this brand since they changed the nozzle design. Can never get more than half a can sprayed before they plug up...
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Old 09-12-2020, 01:18 PM   #13
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Just went through this a couple of months ago. I contacted RO customer service and they sent me a dozen new nozzles for free. They also included a set of instructions that the nozzles should be stored in solvent after use. They recommended several types and I'm using acetone. I have not even had to use one of the new nozzles because because the nozzles stored in solvent work like new every time.
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Old 09-12-2020, 01:45 PM   #14
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4-5yr old can....Maybe you have the old style nozzle?
Couldn't say, this is what they look like
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Old 09-12-2020, 02:04 PM   #15
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One word: Krylon
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Old 09-12-2020, 03:07 PM   #16
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setting the can in the sun for half an hour before use helps and clean nozzle with lacquer thinner.
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Old 09-12-2020, 04:27 PM   #17
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x2 acetone or lacquer thinner
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Old 09-12-2020, 04:55 PM   #18
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Lacquer thinner.......? Oh ya, I remember that.
Our paint store In Oakland tried to get me some lacquer thinner about 10 years ago but they couldn’t.
Last week our local hardware store told me they can’t get mineral spirits anymore.
It’s okay to have brush fire smoke so thick you can only see two blocks but those mineral spirates is bad stuff.
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Old 09-12-2020, 07:50 PM   #19
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I do what 38Bill suggests. When I'm done with the paint, I pop the nozzle off, and put it in a jar of thinner.
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Old 09-12-2020, 08:52 PM   #20
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I agree. I contacted them twice. Tried to tell them its the tube that clogs not the nozzle, they say all they can do is mail me nozzles. I told them keep them that that would not solve the problem. Before rustoleum and krylon merged I hated krylon, but since with the new style cans krylon is far better. Steve
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