Painting is a passion for people the world over. Whether they use tubes of acrylics, water colors or oil paints, they all have one thing in common. How do you get the last bit out of these tiny and expensive paint tubes.
It's not uncommon for artists to spend thousands of dollars a year on paint. If you're not diligent at squeezing the tube, you're going to end up wasting around 20% of your expensive oil paint. Do the math: 20% on hundreds of dollars of paint can add up to over $100 in no time. Outside of pinching and scraping the paint out of the tubes, some people actually resort to cutting the tubes open. That ends up becoming an exercise in spreading paint everywhere except on your painting. Fear not, there is one hand tool that goes above and beyond the call of duty.
Product Evolutions, LLC has just introduced a heavy duty all metal tube wringer, called the BigSqueeze. The best part of this device is the intuitive and ergonomic design; it works just like a can opener. You simply open the easy grip handles, insert the end of a partially used tube between the gears, squeeze the handles with one hand and turn the crank with the other. The gears do all the work pushing the paint towards the nozzle. This ensures all the oil or acrylic paint is squeezed out of the tube while saving you time, money and any discomfort in your fingers.
Painters are familiar with plastic or metal paint keys. These devices work by wrapping the spent paint tube over itself therefore pushing the contents towards the nozzle. However, you're still wasting up to 10% of your paint and potentially cracking your tubes. The worst part is you need one key for each tube because the key stays with the tube. That can add up to a lot of money.
There are other tube wringers on the market. However, they either are made out of plastic or are very uncomfortable to use. Some of the plastic models are too small for your hands and end up pinching your skin when you squeeze the handles.
If you're going to use one tube squeezer for the rest of your life, don't you want to use the best on the market? After experiencing the BigSqueeze in your art studio, you'll wonder how you ever lived without it.