Application For Canadian Letters Patent SPECIFICATION
TO WHOM IT MAY CONCEIIN:-BE IT KNOWN, THAT I, John Debreuil, citizens of Canada, residing at 160 Carmen Street, Hanmer, Ontario, P3P 1N4, Canada, respectively, have invented or discovered certain new and useful improvements in:-PAINT BRUSH HANGER
of which the following is a specification.
TITLE OF THE INVENTION
PAINT BRUSH HANGER
FIELD OF THE nITVENTIOIaT
The present invention relates to an accessory devirx utilized to gravitationally and frictionally suspend a painter's brush adjustably and vertically into a container such as a conventional paint can whilst enabling the brush bristles to remain partially submerged in the paint or the like and providing means of temporarily resting one's paintbrush between the tasks of brush painting.
BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION
It is desirable to haze the ability to neatly rest one's paintbrush beLw~n tasks and to avoid the brush bristles from drying during that time. This has been a cumbersome task for painters either commercial or do-it-yourselfers wherein resting the brush in a location which would provide a clean surface while at the same time keep the bristles from drying and hardening has proven to be a messy and costly task. An invention that would provide means of resting a painter's brush and enabling its bristles to remain moist by allowing them to be partially submerged in the paint would prove to be an effective cost and time saving addition to the art.
Conventional paintbrushes typically comprise: a handle portion utilized for the to manipulation of said brush, a body portion generally centrally located, and bristles distal from the handle portion andproximal to the bodyportion.
Typically, painters rest their paintbrush horizontally across the opening of the paint container allowing for the bristles to dry or~artially dry during the time the-painter is not painting. Furthermore, drips from the brush bristles may coat the edge and side of the can, consequenty making it difficult to close and later open the container.
Conventional paint trays are, of course, well known in prior art, to facilitate the saturation of coatings such as paint onto a typicalpaint roller. However, the-paint tray fails to provide a clean surface to rest a paintbrush upon. Moreover, the paint tray fails to allow the paintbrush bristles to be partially and evenly submerged into the paint.
2o An accessory device, which would provide a clean resting means for a paintbrush and the like and furthermore allowing for the bristles to remain moist, is lushly desirable.
The applicant is aware of several attempts in the prior art to produce paintbrush-holding means. For example, reference may be had to U.S. Patent No. 5,035,386 of Francis C.
Tucker, issued July 30, 1991, which describes a paintbrush holding device having a horizontally circular bottom portion gravitationally engaged to the upper rim of a conventional paint can, and a vertical arm fixedly attached and protruding upwardly from the edge of said bottom portion, and one horizontally attached arm having an upwardly and outwardly protruding portion on which a brush may be suspended. The holder allows the painter to suspend a brush above a container from the perforation typically included near the end of a paintbrush handle. However, this device fails to allow the brush to be partially and adjustably submersed into the paint or the like within the can. Moreover, the paint or coating on a paintbrush suspended from this device will ultimately dry and harden, thus rendering the paintbrush useless.
Another example may be seen when viewing U. S. Patent No. 4,993,671 of Ray M.
Ste. Marie, issued February 19, 1991, which describes a holding device comprising; a can attaching means and a brush holding means. The paintbrush holder is releasably and fiictionally 1o attached to the upper edge of a conventional paint can with a snap-lock attachment means below the brush holding means. The brush-holding means comprises; a downwardly sloped tray-like surface with upwardly extending sides loosely restraining the edges of the paintbrush body, and a narrower portion also having upwardly extending sides utilized to releasably and fiictionally engage the narrow portion of a paintbrush thus, allowing the brush to be angularity and downwardly suspended toward the opening of the can. However, this device fails to prevent the resting brush's bristles from drying. Moreover, the sloped brush holding portion only allows for medium-sized brushes, which limits the variety of brush sizes to benefit from its usage.
Another example may be seen when viewing U. S. patent No. 4,266,686 of Joseph B. Carter, issued May 12, 1981, depicting a paintbrush holding accessory comprising; a bottom 2o brush resting and can attaching portion, resembling a half lid which is gravitationally engaged to the upper edge of the can, a brush holding portion fixedly attached above the brush resting portion wherein, two horizontal brush securing clips, incorporated in the centered brush holding portion allowing for one or two brushes to be laid atop the brush resting portion and clipped in the brush securing. This provides a clean resting surface on which a brush can be laid and also enabling means for excess paint to drip into the can while the brush is rested on the device.
However, since the brush bristles remain in contact with the air, this device fails to provide means of adjustably su.spsnding the brush within the can where the bristles can be vertically suspended and partially submerged into the paint.
It is desirable to keep the bristles moist and to provide a clean means of holding the paintbrush while resting said _paintbrush.
SUMMARY OF THE INVEPfiION
It is thus the object of the present invention to provide an accessory device combining a paintbrush resting function with means to partially submerge paintbrush bristle, thus allowing them to remain moist between the tasks of brush painting.
In ane aspect Qf the invention, there is provided an accessory device which frictionally and releasably attaches to the upper edge of a conventional container such as typically utilized for household paints and co~t~'ngs comprising: one container attachment means and brush holding function.
This accessory device would therefore be frictionally and releasably engaged to 1o the top edge of a conventional paint or coatings container so as to enable the brush holding portion to be in a horizontal position with the two protrusions of the said brush holding portion being at equal plane to one another, more particularly, the brush handle may be frictionally and adjustably engaged between the protrusions of the brush holding portion of the accessory device, enabling the brush to be gravitationally and vertically suspended in and within the inner portion of the container, thus allowing the brush bristles to be partially submerged in the paint or coating within the container and also allowing for the vertical adjustability of the brush at the discretion of the user.
In another aspect of the invention, the accessory device may be various sizes to accommodate both conventional large and small sized containers.
2o In another aspect of the invention, the accessory device may be fabricated of a semi-flexible resilient material.
In another aspect of the invention, the brush holding portion and the container-attaching portion may be molded into one singularly formed entity.
In another aspect of the invention, the accessory device may be fabricated of thermoplastic resin or any suitable alternative.
Accordingly, the accessory device of the present invention provides means to enable a painter, either commercial or do-it-yourselfer, to gravitationally and vertically rest his or her painting brush in a clean area free of contaminants such as dust, dried paint and other items not intended to be within the paint or coating. Moreover, the accessory device also provides means to partially and adjustably submerge the paintbrush bristles in and within the can thus enabling the said bristles to remain moist during the time the brush is not in use.
The coating containers include, but are not limited to paint cans. The brushes include, but are not limited to paintbrushes.
BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS
These and other advantages of the invention will become apparent upon reading the following detailed description and upon refernng to the drawings in which:-FIGURE 1 is a side view of the accessory device of the present invention.
FIGURE 2 is a side cross section view of the accessory device as it would be in use.
FIGURE 3 is a perspective view from above of the accessory device shown in Figure 2.
to While the invention will be described in conjunction with illustrated embodiments, it will be understood that it is not intended to limit the invention to such embodiments. On the contrary, it is intended to cover all alternatives, modifications and equivalents as may be included within the spirit and scope of the invention as defined by the appended claims.
DETAILED DESORIPTION OF THE PREFERRED EMBODIMENT
In the follovsang description, similar features in the drawings have been given similar reference numerals.
Turning to the drawings, Figure 1 illustrates an embodiment of a paintbrush holding accessory device 2 of the present invention as seen from the side. The Paintbrush holding accessory device 2 comprises a can-attaching portion 14, and a brush holding portion 18. The can-attaching portion 14 comprises an outer securing portion 15, an inner securing portion 11, and connecting means 16. The brush holding portion 18 comprises two horizontally tapered protrusions 12 extending outwardly from the can-attaching portion 14. The protrusions 12 each have a wider body proximal to the can-attaching~ortion 14 and taper to a narrower body distal to the can-attaclring portion 14.
Refernng now to Figure 2, a side cross-section view of the paintbrush holding accessory device 2 as it would be installed on a conventional paint can 4. The can-attaching portion 14 is thereby frictionally and releasably engaged to the upper edge 8 of a conventional paint can 4 by means of placing securing portion 15 outside the outer edge 26 of the paint can 4, and frictionally and flexibly placing securing portion 11 inside the inner edge 28 of said can 4.
With reference now to Figure 3, which illustrates a perspective view of the paintbrush holding accessory 2 of the present invention shown holding a paint brush 6 between 2o the two protrusions 12 in and within the paint can 4. Painters, whether professional or do-ix-yourselfers, typically utilize partially filled paint cans for the brush painting task. To suspend a paintbrush 6 in and within a conventional paint can 4,