This is How to Open a Paint Can the Right Way Like a Pro

Hands opening tin of paint with screwdriver
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How to open a paint can might seem like a really simple operation and in reality it's not that difficult. But, you really need to get it right otherwise you can bend the lid out of shape or push up the lid lip. If this happens it gets harder to open the lid when you go to use it again.

If you bend the lid out of shape you will struggle to get a tight seal and this means that the paint will be exposed to air and dry out. This will make it harder to work with, which will make painting a wall a far more difficult task and there’s a good chance the finish will suffer. This is especially true if using an oil-based paint.

Then there is always the risk that a paint can unintentionally be knocked over and spill across the floor if the lid isn't on properly. Trust me, it's happened a few times. This leaves an unwanted clean up job and the expense of purchasing a new tin of paint.

Here we look at a few of the options to make sure that you open the lid of your paint the right way.   

Steve Jenkins

Steve Jenkins is a freelance content creator with over two decades of experience working in digital and print and was previously the DIY content editor for Homebuilding & Renovating. 

He is a keen DIYer with over 20 years of experience in transforming and renovating the many homes he has lived in. He specialises in painting and decorating, but has a wide range of skills gleaned from working in the building trade for around 10 years and spending time at night school learning how to plaster and plumb.

He has fitted kitchens, tiled bathrooms and kitchens, laid many floors, built partition walls, plastered walls, plumbed in bathrooms, worked on loft conversions and much more. And when he's not sure how to tackle a DIY project he has a wide network of friends – including plumbers, gas engineers, tilers, carpenters, painters and decorators, electricians and builders – in the trade to call upon.