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Posted: 8/7/2005 8:11:17 AM EDT
I've got a couple of cans of Alumahyde II that have been sitting full and unused for a couple of years and when I went to try to use them, they acted like they didn't have any pressure in them any more. I shook them for several minutes, but nothing. It's like there's no pressure in them at all. I'm guessing the paint clogged things up really good while sitting all that time. Does anyone know if there's a way to get these things to work, or do I need to trash em and buy new?
Link Posted: 8/7/2005 9:03:54 AM EDT
SHoot at em..youll know if there is any pressure left.
Link Posted: 8/7/2005 9:51:39 AM EDT
Order the correct cleanout valves from Brownells, its a very common issue, and they should be able to help you out.
Link Posted: 8/7/2005 10:21:24 AM EDT
Keep working with them. I've used about a dozen cans of Alumahyde II, and they were all a complete pain to get working. I found that turning the can upside down and banging the nozzle on a hard surface works better than any other method I've found.z
Link Posted: 8/8/2005 2:05:16 AM EDT
You may also try (along with Stickman's recommendation) putting the can in a pot of HOT water for a few minutes before trying to spray it; this'll thin the paint's consistancy a little bit.
Link Posted: 8/8/2005 6:36:47 AM EDT
I have a few of Brownells replacement nozzles if that will help.
Send me an IM with address & I will mail ya a couple.
Link Posted: 8/8/2005 7:59:02 AM EDT
Thanks for the replies. I've tried different nozzles/valves, but no luck. I really didn't think that was the problem to start with though, 'cause I've never used these two cans at all. There's never been any paint sprayed from them, and the nozzles are perfectly clean. I did try a clean out nozzle just for the hell of it, but nothing happened. I think I'll try zardoz and zoom's methods next. If niether of those work, I'll try die-tryin's method.

If anyone can think of anything else, I'm all ears...
Link Posted: 8/8/2005 9:09:44 AM EDT
Its not the nozzle that is clogged, its the tube inside. The Brownells replacement nozzles are designed to blast the tube clean, they are not simply replacement nozzles, and they can not be used to spray a finish.
Link Posted: 8/8/2005 1:24:16 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Stickman:
Its not the nozzle that is clogged, its the tube inside. The Brownells replacement nozzles are designed to blast the tube clean, they are not simply replacement nozzles, and they can not be used to spray a finish.



Right. I ordered some of those when I ordered the paint a couple of years back. I *think* I tried one the other day and didn't have any luck. Then again, I suppose I could have accidentally picked up a regular nozzle since I threw them all in the same little tray together. I was kinda ticked at that point and can't say that I was paying a lot of attention. I'll go try that again and make sure of which one I'm putting on there. I'll update you on the results later...

Thanks!
Link Posted: 8/8/2005 1:45:53 PM EDT
Update (already):

You were absolutely right. I guess when I did it the first time I must have picked up another regular nozzle instead of the cleanout one. Either that or? Anyway, that got them working. Thanks again!!!
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