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Tips for using food dehydrators to dry paint

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Tip: Bob Downie's article on using food dehydrators to dry paint (December 2012 issue) was spot-on. I have been using one for many years and found a couple of tricks I would like to share.

Some items are too tall to fit into the dehydrator, so you can use clothespins to raise up the lid to accommodate them. My brother uses another method to gain a little extra height in his dehydrator: round automotive air filters. Car air filters are designed to be able to withstand heat, which makes them perfect for this application.

Also, I run my dehydrator off a digital timer, which lets it run for a few hours, then kick off for a few. This allows the paint to take a set, then resume drying, and it saves a little electricity along the way.

Dan Varner
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