by Jon Eakes
I never feel so crippling weak as when I have to spray an entire can of spray paint with my fin- ger, then my thumb, then the other hand trying to push down firmly on that tiny spray button. There are lots of gadgets available to attach to the can to push that button for you, but most of them don’t work well. The best just got better with the CanGun1. It snaps easily onto all stan- dard spray cans (paint, lubricant, cleaners) and has a large well leveraged handle. The comfort and precise control it affords your hand actually improves your spraying skills. If you can’t find it in local stores yet you can find it at LeeValley Tools.READ MORE >
Ken Becker, president of SafeWorld International, introduced the snap-on, spray-can handle to the U.S. market in 1983, after he saw a prototype for the product at a design convention in London.
Ken Becker says he has been perfecting the design of the CANGUN1 for the past 30 years.
"When I saw this product my jaw dropped," Becker says.
This rattle-can trigger is certainly not reinventing the wheel, but it is a very comfortable, inexpensive and lightweight design that will come to the aid of anyone whose index finger has become permanently locked into an “L” after extended spraying (author raises misshappen hand). Like a good ratio rocker arm in reverse, the mechanical leverage is 2.5:1 for fatigue-free paint application, and it snaps onto any standard aerosol can with a push-and-twist motion. They’re available at Ace Hardware, Tractor Supply Co., and through Amazon.com.