Use a can of latex or oil paint once and the rim invariably get coated with dried, crusty paint. This solution is unusual and counterintuitive, but it really works.
By the DIY experts of The Family Handyman Magazine:April 2011
Use a small nail to drive four holes in the rim of the paint can. Let
the paint drain back into the can and seal the lid with a block of
wood and a hammer.
With the lid tightly sealed, flip the can upside down for storage.
We've covered paint can storage tips a hundred times
before. But this tip comes to us from a house painter with
thousands of paint jobs under his belt. Rather than spending
time trying to sop all the paint out of the rim, he punches
four small holes in the valleys and lets it drain as shown.
Then he stores the cans upside down. He swears it works
like a charm.
Have the necessary tools for this DIY project lined up before you start—you’ll save time and frustration.
Avoid last-minute shopping trips by having all your materials ready ahead of time. Here's a list.
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