Sunday, March 16, 2014

How to Seal Coffee Tray - Part 5 of 6 - Cleaning The Tools

Fig.1 Lacquer thinner
By Gary Boutin

Supplies and Tools:
Clean rag towel
Klean Strip® Lacquer Thinner 
Paint brush with polyurethane
Glass jar (A little large than the paint brush)
Varathane premium polyurethane

We received a coffee tray for Christmas, it needed some real help if it was going to stay in our kitchen. The last five posts have shown you the steps to make your tray in the best shape of its life. 

This post shows the six steps on how to clean the lacquered paint brush used in sealing the paint tray. 

Step 1: Fig.1 shows a gallon of Klean Strip® Lacquer Thinner that will be used to remove the lacquer sealer from the paintbrush. If you have concerns about this product the Material Safety Data Sheet in PDF will be found here.
Step 2: Fig.2 shows the polyurethane sealer can is hammered shut so that the contents do not evaporate.
Fig.2 Hammer the can
Step 3: Fig.3 shows the Klean Strip® lacquer thinner will be used to clean the paint brush. A clean glass jar a little larger than the brush, to place the paint brush while it's being cleaned. A clean rag to absorb the sealer and any dirt in the brush.
Fig.3 The tools needed

Step 4: Fig.4 shows a glass jar with lacquer thinner and the brush ready to be cleaned. Use glass jar and dip the brush into the jar, then swill the brush until the brush is entirely wet from the lacquer thinner. The lacquer thinner will become the same color as the sealer.
Fig.4 The glass jar
Step 5: Fig.5 shows the paint brush being dried on a clean rag towel. The steps may need to be repeated until the brush is clean. The brush is ready when the brush horse hair fibers move freely.
Fig.5 The clean brush
Step 6: Fig.6 shows the glass jar filled with dirty brown lacquer thinner.

Note: Each county or city has its own disposal sites and you need to find out where to dispose of the  dirty lacquer thinner. Where live near Ontario, California, and the Household Hazardous Waste web site will give dates and times when your waste can be brought to these sites free of charge.
Fig.6 Dirty thinner disposed
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