Okay, so you are so excited to makeover your first room. You made a design plan. You went to the hardware store and bought supplies. You have your brushes and rollers and drop cloths. You are ready to get started!
But… how do you open a can of paint?
There’s no pop top. You don’t need a can opener. It might not be immediately obvious how to get inside the can and to the beautiful new paint.
To open a can of paint, all you need is a screwdriver. No, you do not need a special can opener tool! Save your money there and just reach for your trusty flat head.
What you are going to do is place the flat head screw driver in between the lid and the can itself and gently pry upward to separate the two. Work your way around the can until the whole thing can easily be lifted off.
Place the lid paint-side up and get painting!
How to open a paint can
- Can of paint
- Flat head screwdriver
- Hold the screwdriver so the flat head is parallel to the top of the can
- Place the flat end in between the lid of the can and the body of the paint can
- Gently press up to unseal the lid
- Repeat around the can of paint several times until the whole thing is loose
- Remove the lid and set paint-side-up. I suggest setting on a tarp or newspaper, just in case you smudge paint.
- To close the can - place the lid back on top, paint side down. Gently hammer around the edge until it has re-sealed.
You should not get paint on your hand or screwdriver.
If you get paint on the side of the can while pouring it out to use, be sure to wipe it off before closing, to avoid making a mess.
How to open an old can of paint that is stuck
Having trouble? Here are some tips to help to open stubborn cans of paint:
- Place the tip of a knife between the can and the lid. Slice the . dried paint, all of the way around.
- You can use a hammer to tap the end of the screw driver to apply more force towards opening the can.
- Use a knife or the flat head screwdriver to scrape off any dried paint that might be holding the lid on.
How to open a can of paint without a screwdriver
No flat head screwdriver? You should probably invest in one! Regardless, here are some other tools you can use in the exact same way:
How to close a can of paint
Be sure that you close your can tightly when you are done. Before closing, wipe off any excess paint, especially in the lip between the can and where the lid will sit. This helps to prevent it getting “glued” closed with dried paint.
Place the lid back on the can and hammer around the edges to re-seal. Don’t have a hammer? I’ve been known to use the back end of a paint brush. Anything you can “hammer” with can serve as your hammer.
Enjoy this post? Check out my article on the best way to save money on house paint, too!
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