I always mess up the rim of my paint cans when I pour paint, especially the
thick latex paint, from the 1 gal can into my roller tray.
The paint slops over the side and the rim (that seats the cover) always gets
plugged up, making it difficult to close the can again.
There must be a better way of doing this!
Same here, a small screwdriver works too
Another tip I got from my FIL was to store the cans upside down, then
the skin is on the bottom. This works best if the can is pretty full.
Turn it over and drop it on the bottom before you open it to break the
skin loose, Usually it will all be stuck to the bottom of the can.
Just be sure the top is on good.
If you seal the lid with a mallet when you finish, there won't be any
skin. Or maybe my cans
aren't empty enough? I have read about laying a sheet of plastic wrap
across the surface of
the paint before you seal up the can ... never tried that.
I have done this and I believe that it helps (but never ran a control test
where I left a similar can alone at the same time). I do diligently do this
for spackle and the spackle stays relatively well with out the air hardening
it. The idea is to keep the air away from the substance. A full can does
this well; a half can needs help.
My logic tells me that in order to form a skin across the top of the
paint, substantial evaporation must occur. What can evaporate into half
of a well-sealed can would not seem to be enough to form a skin. I have
some cans of paint that must be close to 8 years old, have been used a
number of times, and no sign of a skin. Gotta be careful to get paint
out of rim before you smack the lid with a mallet - I tried it once the
other way :o)
I use a drywall screw, as it gives a slightly bigger hole, they are
everywhere, and the metal is tough, and doesn't bend easily. Those little
plastic clip on lips work pretty good, too. Just clean them up RIGHT after
use so the paint doesn't harden on them. They're pretty cheap. The ones
they make for the five gallon buckets (just a screw on thing about as big as
a tin can) are DEFINITELY worth the money.
I usually take the dry brush and run it around the groove, then scrape
the paint off the brush on the lip inside the can. You can also get a
plastic sleeve that slips inside the top of the can so you can scrape
the excess paint off the brush without touching the can.
Use KILZ (or Dutch Boy) paints. They have a unique, user-friendly,
container. It's plastic, wide, screw-on lid, interior spout, lid doubles as
a paint container and, when you replace the lid, the excess paint drains
back into the container.
Here's a picture, but it doesn't show the innovative stuff under the lid.
Available at fine WalMart stores nationwide (15 Walmarts in Houston. Sorry,
none in New York, San Francisco, Detroit, Boston, Chicago, D.C., Trenton,
and other union-dominated cities).
I'm glad *somebody* like them. I've used the Sherwin-Williams plastic
cans, and I hate them. I can't get a brush in without getting paint all
over the handle, you can't get the last little bit out of the corners,
and the tint tends to collect in the outer surround of the spout where
it doesn't mix in.
I wondered about that too and finally figured KILZ (or DB) has the patent on
the container and:
a) Are unwilling to license the container and destroy their competitve
b) Bear or S-W etc aren't willing to pay the license fee.
Of course some other paint manufacturer could come up with a design built
around plastic, but I'm sure there'd be a patent infringement suit. For all
I know, KILZ patented the square container!
I originally bought a gallon of KILZ paint based on their reputation. I
figured they know how to seal and cover stuff, so their paint ought to
incorporate that knowledge. Pretty good paint. Pretty good coverage.
Can't speak to durability as it was a recent application.
Anway, I was thrilled with the container.
Cut a strip of foil, mold it to the rim of the can for pouring, and pour
with the front of the label down
(so drips don't cover the instructions or the paint formula). Masking
tape would probably do
the trick, as well.
My hubby says he used to drive a few nails through the ditch in the rim
so's paint would drain
back into the can, but I have never tried that.
Dollar Store soup ladle. The ladle can be used as a paint stirrer
too. Rest the paint tray over the can to catch dripping paint from
the ladle. Scoop transfer the paint. After a few tray refills you
get a pretty good idea of how many scoops of paint you will need to
cover a particular area. I even get to use the brush to mop up the
residual paint on the ladle. Little waste and easy clean-up.
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