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Патент USA US2124021

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July 19, 1938.
J, |_, AKERS
Filed Aug. l0, 1956
Patented `Íuly 19, 1938
UNiTi-:D STATES PATENT volfrlcis:
James Lee Akers, Anneslie, Md.
'Application August 10,1936, Serial No. 95,305
3 Claims.
This invention refers to paint brushes and
more particularly to a device app-licable to a paint
container for the purposes of scraping paint olf
brushes and diverting same back to the con
5 tainer. It has among its objects to provide a
device vof this nature that will scrape off paint
-on the sides and edges of a paint brush and
divert; same towards ‘a central location of the
stiiîen and strengthen it. When sufficient paint
has been removed from the container, the funnel
scraper is lifted off and the cover put on in its
place, leaving the paint can in a clean condition
ready to be used again.
In the construction shown in the drawing, by
way of I exampler-
Figure 1 is a side elevation of a funnel-scraper
device; also to have the device arranged whereby
embodying this invention, with a portion partly
10 it may be used as a funnel; and where used `as
Figu're 21s a plan view of the funnel-scraper
a funnel to cooperate with the construction of
the container and hold itself securely thereon.
Another object is to provide a construction that
will enable the device to be used under the prac~
tical conditions arising under usual circum
stances. A further object is to have the funnel
in section, as shown, attached to a container,
by itself, and
Figure 3 is a side elevation of the funnel
scraper of Figure 2.
Similar reference characters refer to similar 15
parts throughout the drawing.
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In the drawing, I represents a conventional
arrangement such that it will iiow the dripping
paint or liquid directly into the central part of Aform of tin can container for paints with its
the container, to be saved, rather than run down upper cover holding groove portion or top ring
the outside walls of the -same to be wasted. A
still further object is to have the device such that
it may be snapped on, into place, and secure
itself resiliently into position on the container
2 indented at 3- to receive the snap-on cover 20
within the area of the top adjacent to the periph- n
ery of the container. A funnel-shaped member
4 having its upper and wider portion 5 rolled
and wired, preferably as indicated, serves as
the mouth of the funnel scraper. Its lower
becoming vitiated by sufficient paint to prevent v and restricted portion 6 is provided with bent
the cover going back on properly. The device back U-shaped rim 1 designed to ñt in closely in
in general, also serves to keep the container clean the indentation or cover groove 3 of the con
on the outside and top where the cover goes on. tainer and position the funnel scraper rigidly
It also has the particular feature of enabling the above and over the container as shown. A flat
and become as tight thereon as its cover would
25 be, as well as to prevent the top of the container
paint, even in a full can to be stirred until prop
erly mixed, without spilling. Even if the paint
runs up into the funnel scraper, it will .not leak
through the connection joint to the outside of
the can. It avoids the practice of having to half
empty a new full can of paint to mix it.
Various methods have been used for cleaning
lip flange 8 extends radially from the bent back
U-shaped rim 1 to stiiïen the same and also cover
the upper portion of the can top peripherial rim,
and close all opening to the said indentation or
cover groove exteriorly. This flange is arranged 35
however, to fit within the bead rim I0 of the
The funnel scraper is formed like a funnel
in general appearance, with its walls II slant
ing towards the central portion of the can, and
tending to ñow any paint falling on the interior`
surface of the walls into the can. A series of
scraper embossings extend along the surfaces
restricted central portion bent or formed to fit in angular directions as indicated in the figures,
and have their edges I3 and I4 bevelled off. The
45 into the cover groove of the conventional form` lower series of embossings extend over beyond
of container at the mouth portion where the
cover is engaged and locked, when closed on , the edges I4 of the upper series, in order to catch
same. In order to have an arrangement for the paint dripping` down and make a single river
from all embossings immediately above.
cleaning brushes on all sides and withoutqre
In the operation of the device, assuming that 50
50 quiring the use of the top rim for the purpose,
the device is provided with embossings that the funnel scraper is placed in position on a
project out sufficiently to permit them to scrape suitable container, the user, places the paint
and carry excess paint off the brush when the brush in the container and draws it out. As it
same is drawn against them. The upper rim passes through the’ funnel scraper, he “rolls”
of the device is rounded and wired to the brush, by brushing it spirally upwards, cross 55
" oiî brushes so the paint will drain back off the
scraper, but such usually permits the paint to
40 drip down and gather on the outside wall of
the container, and spoil surfaces on which the
containers are resting. In this invention the de
vice is made after the form of funnel with its
ing the embossings and cleaning the excess paint
oft the brush The excess paint is caught on the
under side of the embossings and ?ows towards
their lower bevelled end portions from where it
drops downwardly to the bottom oriiice of the
funnel scraper and passes into the container.
The spacings between the embossings enable the
paint to iìow freely down'. The paint that cornes
oif above the embossing is also caught on the
embossings and flows' down same diagonally to
the spacings, where it joins the other paint
streams and iiows back into the container. Thei
sides of the brush may be cleaned oil in a similar
manner. 'I’he funnel scraper over-laps the paint
15 container and prevents the paint from falling
on same, as it does when taken from a con
tainer without this device. ’I'he usualmethod
of cleaning the paint on‘the cover opening of
` the can'causes paint to fill up the indentation
20 in which the .cover sets.
When this cover is
put on after being used without the funnel
scraper, it becomes cemented in as the paint
It also causes the user to soil his hands
or the surfaces on.which the container rests, be~
25 cause the cover will “spill out" the extra paint
ally extending nat-lip flange positioned overx the
top ring and close ingress to the groove, the said
funnel being disposed with its walls and parts all
exterior to the interior o! the container, the walls
of said funnel being provided withV V-shaped
scraper embossings angularly placed internally
extending therefrom to hold a paint brush up
from the' orifice portion and to direct scrapings
of paint` downwardly towards the oriñce of the
2. In combinationl with a circular conventional
paint container having a cover-receiving groove
in its top ring, a snap-on paint funnel with frus
trumatically formed walls with its upper mouth
portion enlarged and spaced substantially abovethe container and its lower orifice portion dis- '
posed and held in the saidgroove, said lower ori-,
ñce portion being restricted and having a bent 20
back U-form ring adapted to fit tightly within*
said groove and keep the inner surface oi’ the
funnel wall outside and above the area of the
central opening in said top ring, a ñat ring flange
connected with the U-form ring and extending 25
in the indentation or cover groove.
back over the top ring of the container, V-shaped
The funnel scraper is readily removed at any~ projections extending arcuately above the wall,
time, because the upper portion of the funnel internal surfaces of the funnel in variable planes
provides ample grasping surface, as well as lever
and spaced away from each other above and at
age. All the paint caught by the funnel re
the end portions to provide ridges to rest and 30
turns to the inside of can, preventing the groove spread the bristle portion of'a brush thereon and'
from ñlling with paint. When the funnel scraper to provide grooves extericrly in the wall of the
has been removed, it leaves the cover groove com
funnel for facilitating handling thereof, substan
pletely clean and free from paint. In other Words,v tially'as described.
35 it has removed from the use of the paint can,
the usual conditions of spilled or dripping paint
and a dirty container.
While the material used for the scraper is pref
erably metal, it can also be made of oiled paper,
40 iiber, or similar substances that will be an advan
tage in general and may have features of economy
or convenience.
Also it is not desired to limit
this application for patent to this particular form
of construction, or in any other way otherwise
45 than limited by the priorart, as it is appreciated
that other forms -using the same principles could
be made that would come within the scope of the
appended claims.
Having thus described the invention, what is
with bent-.back U-shaped peripherial rim adapted
to ilt into the said peripherial groove with a radi
claimed is:
1. In combination with a. conventional~ paint
container having a peripherial groove formed in
its `top ring for taking _and holding a snap-onl
cover, a paint funnel for mounting in the said
55 groove and extending above’ the container having
_an upper widened-mouth portion with' converg
ing walls to its lower ori?ce portion provided
` 3. In combination with~ a circular conventional
paint container having a cover-receiving groove
in its top ring, a snap~on paintfu'nnel with frus
trumatically formed walls with ‘its upper mouth
portion enlarged and spaced substantially above
the container and its lower oriñce portion dis
posed and held in the said groove, said Ilowei
orifice portion being restricted to partially ob
structthe passage oi’ paint brushes therethrough
and having a bent-back U-form ring adapted toI
ñt tightly Within said groove and keep the inner 45
surface of the funnel wall outside and above the
area of the central opening in said top ring,` a
flat-ring Vflange connected with the L_J-form ring
and extending back over the top ring of the con
tainer, embossings formed in the walls extending
inwardly into the» funnel with apexed surfaces
and spaced apart and angularly disposed to di
vert paint scraped oiî brushes by them in prede
termined directions and collective streams to the y
orii‘lce and opening in the container.
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