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Free Tip Friday! How to Properly Close a Paint Can.

Updated: May 26, 2023

Materials Needed


Nail or screwdriver

Can of paint


Prepare your work area. Find a sturdy workbench or table to work on.

Gather your tools. You'll need a hammer and a nail or screwdriver. The nail/screwdriver should be small enough to fit easily into the gap of the rim of the can, but large enough to create a hole.

Start punching holes. Place the nail on the rim of the can where you want to create the first hole. Hold the nail in place with one hand and use the hammer to gently tap the nail into the rim. Be careful not to hit the nail too hard, as this can dent the rim or damage the can.

Continue punching holes around the rim of the can, spacing them out evenly. Aim for around six to eight holes, depending on the size of the can. Make sure the holes are close enough together that the paint won't leak out, but far enough apart that the rim is still sturdy.

Replace the lid on the can. Once you've punched all the holes, replace the lid on the can and press down firmly to create a seal. The holes in the rim will allow air to flow into the can, which will prevent the paint from drying out. At the same time, the holes will also allow any excess paint on the lid to drip back into the can, which will reduce the mess and make it easier to open the can later.

By following these simple steps, you can reseal your can of paint by punching holes into the rim. This will help to save on paint and reduce mess, while also ensuring that your paint stays fresh and ready for your next project.

Holes in the rim of the paint can to drain paint.

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