Title:
Storage Apparatus for Paint Roller
Kind Code:
A1


Abstract:
The present invention pertains to s paint roller storage system. This system employs a receptacle for receiving a paint roller cover that contains wet paint. In one embodiment, the receptacle comprises a top end and a bottom end opposite the top end, an internal cylindrical space having sidewalls defining a cylindrical inner diameter between the top end and bottom end, the inner diameter being at least the same or greater than the roller diameter, a floor at the bottom end enclosing the cylindrical sidewalls, and an open mouth at the top end. A cap capable of attaching over the mouth end of the cylinder when the paint roller is received within the receptacle is also disclosed. In another embodiment, a flared section is installed at the top of the cylinder to create a flared mouth opening having a larger diameter than the cylinder diameter and paint roller cover diameter.



Inventors:
Dvorak, Steven G. (Houston, TX, US)
Application Number:
13/212126
Publication Date:
02/23/2012
Filing Date:
08/17/2011
Assignee:
DVORAK STEVEN G.
Primary Class:
International Classes:
B65D85/00
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Primary Examiner:
PAGAN, JENINE MARIE
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
GORDON G. WAGGETT, P.C. (HOUSTON, TX, US)
Claims:
I claim:

1. A paint roller storage system comprising: a. a receptacle for receiving a paint roller cover having a roller diameter, the receptacle comprising a top end and a bottom end opposite the top end, an internal cylindrical space having sidewalls defining a cylindrical inner diameter between the top end and bottom end, the inner diameter being at least the same or greater than the roller diameter, a floor at the bottom end enclosing the cylindrical sidewalls, and an open mouth at the top end; and b. a cap capable of attaching over the mouth end of the cylinder when the paint roller is received within the receptacle.

2. The paint roller system of claim 1 wherein the mouth of the cylindrical space further comprises a flared section, the flared section having a narrow end that joins with the cylinder upper end and has substantially the same diameter as the cylinder diameter, and a wider section extending axially above the narrow section to create a flared mouth opening having a larger diameter than the cylinder diameter; and wherein the cap is capable of attaching over the flared mouth opening.

3. The paint roller system of claim 1 wherein the mouth of the cylindrical space further comprises a paint collection reservoir.

4. The paint roller system of claim 1 wherein the outside surface of the receptacle is substantially cylindrical.

5. A paint roller storage system comprising: a. a receptacle for receiving a paint roller cover having a roller diameter, the receptacle comprising: i. a top end and a bottom end opposite the top end, ii. an internal cylindrical space having sidewalls defining a cylindrical inner diameter between the top end and bottom end, the inner diameter being at least the same or greater than the roller diameter, iii. a floor at the bottom end enclosing the cylindrical sidewalls, iv. an open mouth at the top end; and v. a flared section having a narrow end that joins with the cylinder upper end and has substantially the same diameter as the cylinder diameter, and a wider section extending axially above the narrow section to create a flared mouth opening having a larger diameter than the cylinder diameter.

6. The paint roller storage system of claim 5 further comprising a cap having an outer diameter capable of attaching over the flared mouth opening when the paint roller is received within the receptacle.

7. The paint roller storage system of claim 6 wherein the cap further comprises a slot extending from the cap outer diameter to the center of the cap, the slot being of a width to accommodate the width of a paint roller handle that may be attached to the paint roller cover to permit storage of the paint roller cover while still attached to the paint roller handle.

8. The paint roller storage system of claim 6 wherein the cap further comprises a slit or fenestration extending from the cap outer diameter to the center of the cap, the slit or fenestration capable of being spread apart to accommodate the width of a paint roller handle that may be attached to the paint roller cover to permit storage of the paint roller cover while still attached to the paint roller handle.

Description:

CROSS-REFERENCE TO RELATED APPLICATIONS

This application claims the benefit of the filing date of and priority to: U.S. Provisional Application Ser. No. 61/375,022 entitled “Storage Apparatus for Paint Roller” and filed Aug. 18, 2010, Confirmation No. 7554; said provisional application being incorporated by reference herein in its entirety for all purposes.

STATEMENT REGARDING FEDERALLY SPONSORED RESEARCH OR DEVELOPMENT

Not Applicable.

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

Field of Use

The present invention relates generally to a storage apparatus for paint rollers.

When utilizing a roller to apply paint, it has been necessary to clean the roller cover when the painting operation is to be interrupted for a substantial period of time, e.g., from the end of one working day to the start of the next working day. If the roller cover is not cleaned, paint on the roller cover will harden which often necessitates the disposal of the roller cover when the painting operation is to resume. Even though a roller cover is cleaned after use, it is often very difficult to remove all the paint from the roller cover, and that remaining paint will harden and make the roller cover difficult to use when the painting operation resumes. Therefore, there exists a need for a paint roller storage system that will permit storage of the paint roller while wet paint is still on the roller.

SUMMARY OF INVENTION

In one embodiment of the present disclosure there is described a paint roller storage system comprising: a receptacle for receiving a paint roller cover having a roller diameter, the receptacle comprising a top end and a bottom end opposite the top end, an internal cylindrical space having sidewalls defining a cylindrical inner diameter between the top end and bottom end, the inner diameter being at least the same or greater than the roller diameter, a floor at the bottom end enclosing the cylindrical sidewalls, and an open mouth at the top end; and a cap capable of attaching over the mouth end of the cylinder when the paint roller is received within the receptacle. The mouth of the cylindrical space may further comprise a flared section, the flared section having a narrow end that joins with the cylinder upper end and has substantially the same diameter as the cylinder diameter, and a wider section extending axially above the narrow section to create a flared mouth opening having a larger diameter than the cylinder diameter; and wherein the cap is capable of attaching over the flared mouth opening. The mouth of the cylindrical space may further comprise a paint collection reservoir. In one embodiment, the outside surface of the receptacle is substantially cylindrical.

Another embodiment pertains to a paint roller storage system comprising: a receptacle for receiving a paint roller cover having a roller diameter, the receptacle comprising: a top end and a bottom end opposite the top end, an internal cylindrical space having sidewalls defining a cylindrical inner diameter between the top end and bottom end, the inner diameter being at least the same or greater than the roller diameter, a floor at the bottom end enclosing the cylindrical sidewalls, an open mouth at the top end; and a flared section having a narrow end that joins with the cylinder upper end and has substantially the same diameter as the cylinder diameter, and a wider section extending axially above the narrow section to create a flared mouth opening having a larger diameter than the cylinder diameter. This embodiment may further comprise a cap having an outer diameter capable of attaching over the flared mouth opening when the paint roller is received within the receptacle.

The cap may further comprise a slot extending from the cap outer diameter to the center of the cap, the slot being of a width to accommodate the width of a paint roller handle that may be attached to the paint roller cover to permit storage of the paint roller cover while still attached to the paint roller handle. In another embodiment, the cap may also further comprise a slit or fenestration extending from the cap outer diameter to the center of the cap, the slit or fenestration capable of being spread apart to accommodate the width of a paint roller handle that may be attached to the paint roller cover to permit storage of the paint roller cover while still attached to the paint roller handle.

BRIEF SUMMARY OF DRAWINGS

The accompanying drawings, which are incorporated in and constitute a part of the specification, illustrate preferred embodiments of the invention. These drawings, together with the general description of the invention given above and the detailed description of the preferred embodiments given below, serve to explain the principles of the invention.

FIG. 1A depicts a cross sectional plan view of an exemplary paint roller storage apparatus according to one embodiment of the present disclosure showing the paint roller cover being partially within the storage apparatus.

FIG. 1B depicts a cross sectional plan view of an exemplary paint roller storage apparatus according to one embodiment of the present disclosure showing the paint roller cover stored within the storage apparatus.

FIG. 2A depicts a top view of an exemplary paint roller storage apparatus cap of the present disclosure.

FIG. 2B depicts a top view of another exemplary paint roller storage apparatus cap of the present disclosure.

FIG. 3 depicts a top view of an exemplary paint roller storage apparatus according to one embodiment of the present disclosure showing the paint roller cover stored within the storage apparatus.

It will be appreciated that the foregoing drawings illustrate only certain embodiments of the invention and that numerous other variations may be created within the scope of the described invention.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF INVENTION

The above general description and the following detailed description are merely illustrative of the subject invention and additional modes, advantages and particulars of this invention will be readily suggested to those skilled in the art without departing from the spirit and scope of the invention.

In accordance with the present invention, storage apparatus 10 is provided in which the roller cover 21 of paint roller 20 may be stored while wet paint (not shown) is still on the roller cover and without removing the roller cover from the remainder of the roller apparatus (roller cover mount frame 25, handle 22). With reference to FIGS. 1A, 1B and 3, storage apparatus 10 in accordance with the present invention comprises a cylindrical receptacle 11 section which may be fabricated from plastic or metal and which is flared at its top as illustrated in FIGS. 1A, 1B and 3. The roller cover 21 may be received in the flared top portion 12 of the cylindrical receptacle 11, since the diameter 12c of the flared top portion 12 at its mouth or opening 12a is greater than the outside diameter 21g of roller cover 21. The diameter 11c of cylindrical receptacle 11 below the flared top portion 12 is slightly less than the outside diameter 21g of roller cover 21, which causes the paint (not shown) on roller cover 21 to be directed toward the top of cylindrical receptacle 11, when the roller cover 21 is pushed into and fully inserted into the cylindrical receptacle 11. That paint may then be poured back into the paint can of origin.

As will be understood, a typical paint roller 20 comprises a handle section 22 rotatably attached to a roller cover mount frame 25. A paint roller cover 21 (typically of a cylindrical structure), is typically mounted on the roller cover mount frame 25 by inserting the mount frame 25 into the internal diameter of the roller cover 21. A typical roller cover 21 thereby comprises the following basic structure: a cylindrical tube section 21 having a roller cover top edge 21a, roller cover bottom edge 21b, and a length 21h defined as the distance between the roller cover top and bottom edges 21a, 21b. The roller cover has an outer edge/surface 21c (defining roller cover outer diameter 21g) and an inner edge 21d (defining roller cover inner diameter 21f). The distance between the roller cover inner and outer edges is generally defined as the nap 21e of the roller—the soft part of the roller that receives paint on its outer edge/surface 21c and then contacts the surface to be painted to spread out the paint onto the surface.

The storage apparatus 10 is generally cylindrical in one embodiment, comprising a cylindrical receptacle section 11 for receiving the roller cover. The outer surface of the storage apparatus 10 is preferably cylindrical, but can be other shapes as well, such as, for example, square or rectangular. The cylindrical receptacle section has cylinder side walls 11a (defining cylinder diameter 11c), a cylinder floor 11b and an overall cylinder section height 11d. In a preferred embodiment, the cylinder diameter 11c is slightly larger than the roller inner diameter to permit compression of the nap 21e when the roller 21 is received into the cylinder section 11. In another embodiment, the cylinder diameter is approximately the same as the roller cover outer diameter 21g.

At the top of the cylinder receptacle section is preferably a flared section 12. At the lower edge 12b of the flared section 12, the diameter of the flared section is about equal with the diameter 11c of the cylinder section 11. At the top end or mouth 12a of the flared section 12, the flare diameter 12c is greater than the cylinder diameter 11c. The overall height of the flared section 12 defines a headspace 14 or paint collection reservoir. In one embodiment, the headspace 14 is sized to permit collection of paint that is extruded or squeezed off of the roller cover 21 as the roller cover 21 enters the cylinder section 11. Although the flared section is shown as a generally frusto-conical shape, which can help guide the roller cover into the receptacle section 11, other configurations could be employed at the top end of the cylindrical section 11, such as another ring-shaped cylindrical section (not shown) with larger diameter than the cylindrical section 11 thereby creating a paint collection reservoir.

The top edge of the flared section 12 may also comprise a lip 13. The lip 13 may be configured to mate with caps 23a, 23b, such as in a frictional, snug, or snap-on fit relationship.

The storage apparatus 10 has an overall height 10a. The height 10a is designed to accommodate the desired roller length 21h. In one embodiment, the apparatus height is equal to the roller length 21h. In another embodiment, the apparatus height is equal to or greater than the roller length 21h. In yet another embodiment, the cylinder section height 11d is equal to the length 21h of the roller cover 21. In another embodiment, the cylinder section height 11d is greater than or equal to the length 21h of the roller 21.

With reference to FIGS. 1A, 1B, 2A and 2B, storage apparatus 10 in accordance with the present invention further comprises cap 23a. Once the roller cover 21 is fully inserted in cylindrical receptacle 11, handle 22 may be inserted through slot 24a of cap 23a, and cap 23a may then be attached to the top of cylindrical receptacle/storage apparatus 10. If the roller 20 is not to be used for a period of time for a day or more, the portion of slot 24a between handle 22 and the edge of cap 23a may be covered with a piece of tape or other suitable closure device. Referring now to FIG. 2A, there is illustrated another embodiment wherein the cap 23b has a fenestration or slit 24b which permits the cap 23b to be placed around the outer diameter of handle 22 and to then permit a substantially closed cap 23b to seal off the top of the storage apparatus 10.

This specification is to be construed as illustrative only and is for the purpose of teaching those skilled in the art the manner of carrying out the invention. It is to be understood that the forms of the invention herein shown and described are to be taken as the presently preferred embodiments. As already stated, various changes may be made in the shape, size and arrangement of components or adjustments made in the steps of the method without departing from the scope of this invention. For example, equivalent elements may be substituted for those illustrated and described herein and certain features of the invention may be utilized independently of the use of other features, all as would be apparent to one skilled in the art after having the benefit of this description of the invention. Further modifications and alternative embodiments of this invention will be apparent to those skilled in the art in view of this specification.





 
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