Keeping Finish Cans Sealed

Tired of your paint and varnish cans crusting over on the inside? This happens because changing temperatures can loosen the lid.

First seal the lid by tapping with a hammer. Slight imperfections can be overcome by putting a thin bladed screw driver in the slot and seating the lid firmly.  After firmly sealing the lid, store the cans upside down. No air will possibly leak by a liquid seal.

If you’re not sure of the seal start by storing the can the first night on a flat cafeteria tray or something similar to catch any errant leaks.

Storing the containers upside down also works well with PVC pipe glues.

– Gary A. Gorsich
Beaumont, Texas

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