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Measuring small batches

JohnB Member

What do you guys use for measuring small quantities of finishes such as CV etc. that require pretty accurate ratios? I'm talking for the occasional small project or a forgotten peice of crown moling, etc that only needs a small batch. I can't seem to find measuring cups, etc that give individual ounce markings and find myself doing a bit of guesswork at times. I'd prefer something glass that was easily cleanable but would also use a disposable item. The larger quantities aren't as big of an issue.
Also, has anyone seen a container that tapers down near the bottom for spraying with an aaa system? Seems like this would help if spraying a small batch of material, although you still need enough to fill the hose.

5/27/15       #2: Measuring small batches ...
JT Member

Go to your local Feed and Farm Supply or vet supply and pick up some syringes. Leave the cap on the end (or plug it if it doesn't have one) and discard the plunger. I use a 10mil and 20mil for small batches, very acurate. I just run the corner of a paper towel down into it to clean it. Been using the same ones for coming on 2 years now.

5/27/15       #3: Measuring small batches ...
Rick Mosher  Member


I use a gram scale for my stain formulas and plastic measuring cups for larger quantities.

US Composites

5/27/15       #4: Measuring small batches ...
Tim G

Look in the kitchen isle at W-mart or your local grocery store, they sell glass shot like glasses that go up to 150 mm. Easy to use and clean.

5/27/15       #5: Measuring small batches ...
jimmy cream

medicine dispensing syringes . easily measure 2.5 to 10 milliliters . local pharmacy .

spoons suck for measuring catalyst . I checked some spoons against a cup and against a syringe . the cup and syringe matched ......the spoons did not .

a little safety share when using syringes......when you push the plunger in , the catalyst can eject fast enough to cause a small splash in the paint container . safety glasses mandatory .

5/27/15       #6: Measuring small batches ...
Kevin Member

I bought a digital kitchen scale that will read in grams, mL, and fluid ozs. I use it to measure all my catalyzed finishes. Works great. It stays in a heavy duty ziplock bag to keep it clean.

5/27/15       #7: Measuring small batches ...
jimmy cream

how can a digital scale measure fluid ounces or milliliters ?

5/27/15       #8: Measuring small batches ...
Leo G  Member


I did the same thing as Tim G.

The measuring cup I got was made by Anchor. Pretty durable, takes the solvents and the markings stay put.

5/27/15       #9: Measuring small batches ...
jimmy cream

and how can a shot glass measure up to 150 millimeters ?

geesh , no surprise people have catalyst problems

5/27/15       #10: Measuring small batches ...
Leo G  Member


5 ounces

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5/28/15       #11: Measuring small batches ...
JohnB Member

Thanks for all the ideas. I never gave a thought to using syringes, we own livestock so we have some on hand usually. I will be checking Walmart too. Thanks guys!

6/1/15       #12: Measuring small batches ...

These are good beakers for the money.

Tri Pour Beakers

6/1/15       #13: Measuring small batches ...

Plastic works fine as long as its PP#5(polypropylene). You can leave acetone in it indefinitely.

Companies that sell fiberglass supplies always have those measuring kind of things.

You can also find reasonably priced things in a supermarket or good drug store.

You can make very good use of some of the plastic yogurt containers for mixing epoxy and finishes as long as they are PP#5.

Personally I would stay away from glass.

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