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If you saw a picture of this tool, would you be able to guess what it was? Even knowing that Hyde called it a painter’s door stand, I couldn’t figure out how it was used until I read the description on Amazon.  You attach the $4 door stand to the hinge mortises of two doors and it holds both doors upright at what looks to be a right angle to each other so you can finish all sides of the two doors.

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We’ve previously written about Painter’s Pyramids made by K&M of VA, Inc.  Now they’ve incorporated twelve of their pyramids into a 16″ rotating table to make a finishing turntable.

Six pyramids ride on a rail around the circumference of the table and six more ride on rails that run from the center to the edge. This arrangement allows you to arrange the pyramids to match the bottom of most work pieces. The three-pound table can support up to 100 lbs.

The Finishing Turntable retails for about $50, but you can pick it up on sale at Hartville Tool for $45, plus $9 shipping of course.

The Finishing Turntable [Corporate Site]
The Finishing Turntable [Hartville Tool]
The Finishing Turntable [Rockler]

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After all the prepping and painting is over, you still have to clean your equipment. Ryobi is looking to make that last step a little easier with its paint brush cleaner. Plug in the cleaner, fill it with water or thinner, and it’ll supposedly clean any brush up to 3″ wide in a few seconds.

What’s more, they claim the cleaner will make your brushes last longer and perform better. Soft brushes rotate at 950RPM to “gently” clean the inserted paint brush. The 10″ x 11″ x 12″ cleaner weighs 4 lbs. and can hold up to 1 gallon of cleaning fluid.

The paint brush cleaner only seems to be available online at Home Depot for $30, but at least it looks like there’s free shipping.

Paint Brush Cleaner [Ryobi]
Paint Brush Cleaner [Home Depot]

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In the recent post Tool Pr0n: Would You Pay $280 For A Brace?, reader PutnamEco mentioned Protool — a company that sells tools in Australia, but not in the U.S. Seems like our friends down-under see a lot of tools we don’t here in the states. One product they sell which you won’t see anytime soon is their unique ProJet mixing system which looks more like a modern art project than a mixer.

Supposedly the ProJet mixing rods use the same principle as jet engine turbines. Three cones create an intense flow without introducing air into the mixture, which allows you to quickly and completely mix most materials without foaming.

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Instead of adjusting the air flow at the compressor, Astro Pneumatics’ digital flow regulator screws right onto your spray gun or other air tool to precisely control the flow of air. Love it or hate it, instead of a analog gauge it uses a digital readout.

Constructed with a mirror-plated finish, the regulator’s electronics are sealed and the display is behind impact-proof glass. Unfortunately this also means the battery’s not replaceable, but the display shuts off 45 seconds after you press the button to give the battery a life expectancy of 5,000 readings.

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The environment seems to be the latest flag to rally around, so it should come as no surprise when companies tout that their product “saves the environment.” Why should Prazi be any different? They waste over half their copy on how their product is “Green.”  Cut through the bullsh@t and here’s what’s left.

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Ever get bored of being able to see the paint you spray? Probably not, since being visible is one of the major selling points of paint, but here comes a challenge to conventional wisdom from Clearneon. They produce a line of UV-reactive paints targeted mostly at computer modders and car customizers, though a clever mind could easily twist this fun stuff into a genuinely practical chemical. Imagine invisible serial numbers and permanent glow-stars on your kids’ ceilings.

With a per-can price hovering around $20, painting a wall will be pricey. Amazon has the best selection of colors with both aerosol and liquid paints available, but computer parts retailer Xoxide has the best prices. Grab a can, and relive Gone in Sixty Seconds 21st-century style.

Clearneon Paint [Xoxide]
Via Amazon [What’s This?]

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The makers of the Right Brush ergonomic paintbrush claim their product can eliminate most painter’s aches and pains. They designed the strange-shaped handle to fit comfortably in your hand, giving you more control and ease while painting.

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No matter how carefully you mask off an area, sometimes a little paint will still bleed under the tape and leave a less-than-crisp edge.  Shuretape Technologies claims that if you use their Frog Tape instead of other masking tapes you’ll get crisp, clean lines every time.

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This patent-pending paint can holder from Lee Valley fits both the flat rungs of a stepladder and the D-rungs of an extension ladder.  It holds either a quart or gallon can steady, and you can easily pick it up and move it to the next set of rungs.

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