Patent US6125497 - Paint roller cleaning tool - Google Patents

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  • The present invention relates to a mini-roller cleaning tool and, in particular, to an adapter for enabling a mini-roller to be attached to traditional cleaning devices so as to facilitate cleaning of the mini-roller.

    This invention is in the area of paint equipment cleaning tools, specifically a paint roller cleaning tool that uniformly wipes excess paint or solvent from rollers having different diameters and different nap thicknesses, that requires only one pass down the roller to effectively wipe the roller clean, and that can be easily used while the roller is on the roller frame.

  • The above and other objects of the invention are realized in specific illustrated embodiments of a mini-roller cleaning tool including an elongate adapter for disposition adjacent the arms of the paint brush spinner and an elongate shaft for holding a mini-roller coaxially with the elongate shaft such that rotation of the arms of the paint brush spinner causes a corresponding rotation of the mini-roller to thereby use centrifugal force to remove paint from the mini-roller.

    FIG. 2 is a side cross-sectional view of a mini-roller cleaning tool with a mini-roller attached as would occur in use so to enable a mini-roller to be used with a paint brush spinner.

  • Referring now to FIG. 2, there is shown a side cross-sectional view of a mini-roller cleaning tool, generally indicated at 60, and a mini-roller 64. The mini-roller cleaning tool 60 includes an adaptation means in the form of an elongate handle portion 70 which will typically be made of a durable plastic, such as PVC, or some other thermosetting material. While such materials will lower cost, those skilled in the art will recognize that the handle portion 70 could be made of numerous durable materials, such as metal, wood, or other composites. As will be discussed in more detail regarding FIG. 3, the handle can have any cross-sectional shape. However, in a preferred embodiment, the handle portion 70 will have a similar shape and cross-section to that of a conventional paint brush. Such a shape guarantees that the handle portion 70 will fit properly within the arms 22 (FIG. 1) of the paint brush spinner 4 (FIG. 1).

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