I thought I would post this kind of fun question to find out what other things we adapt to everyday finishing... For instance, I save the screw-on tops to the five gallon containers, I remove the little cardboard round inside, and then use the top to mix up touch-up-colors into. When I'm finished, I toss them into a can of thinners and let them sit until the next time I need one.
Also... I got tired of my touch-up brushes coming up lost (people who borrow them), so I cut a piece of cardboard about 16 inches long by about 4 inches high. I press the ends of the brushes into the cardboard about 2 inches. I ended up with about 15 or so different brushes shoved into this piece of cardboard. Ever since I did this, my brushes always end up right back where they were borrowed from.
I found that the squeeze type glue bottles that are given away by our hardware guy make great containers for sealers and coatings and various solvents. They have a rather secure top that snaps on and they don't seem to leak. What other ideas do my fellow finishers have to make life easier?
From contributor R:
I use the caps (white ones) off of aerosol cans to mix my touch-up colors in. Clean them the same as you. Put my touch-up brushes in one of those tubes that the (what I call) Bondo log comes in. The kind of patching material that's shaped in a roll, cut a piece off, knead it together to mix. The tube is the perfect size and comes with a cap. I've also been using clear plastic water bottles for my leftover shaders.