How do you transfer paint from 5 gallon bucket?

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Old 11-28-15, 11:10 AM
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How do you transfer paint from 5 gallon bucket?

I want to transfer paint from 5 gallon bucket to a 1 gallon bucket for cutting in. Does anyone have any special tools or techniques to help? Thanks!
 
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It can be somewhat tricky and you've got to be really careful. Sometimes I just find it easier to dump it into your paint tray and transfer it to your cut can from there. Larger target, easier to control. The initial tipping over and tipping back have to be done fairly quickly so you don't get it running all over and down the sides of the bucket. Keep a large rag very handy. Keep your paint brush handy as well for wiping the excess off the lid of the bucket.
 
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Use a soup ladle, works like a charm.
 
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The lid on your bucket doesn't have a spout?
 
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I've never opened a fiver that came with a spout and I've opened lots of fivers of paint.

I have no other idea other than saving money why they don't do that. You can get reuseable spouts for fivers though. If you find someone that sells them, try and get the longest one you can.

Some paint companies have openings on the lids that are absolutely painful to pour out of and others are not as horrible. I never noticed this before until about a year ago when I was using a brand of paint I'd never used before. Went to pour into my tray, paint went everywhere. Glugging horribly, spilling down the side of the bucket. Luckily I had that area double dropsheeted.
 
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Thanks everyone, great ideas!
May have trouble picking it, even with a bigger target so did I think about a ladle or just using a small cut bucket.

It has a spout opening on top but the manufacturer warned against trying that saying something similar to Glugging horribly, etc...
 
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You could also pour some of the paint into another 5 gallon bucket. It's easier to pour into a work pot if the 5 isn't full. If it's been awhile since the paint was on the shaker it's a good idea to 'box' the paint back and forth between two 5's.
 
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Thanks!
Yeah, it's that first pour that's the tough one.
 
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