Storing Paint Cans

No more crusty rims

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

Keeping rims clean

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.

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Required Tools for this Project

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  • Hammer

Required Materials for this Project

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  • Block of wood
  • 8d finish nail