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RobinDobbie

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07-12-2015 11:10 AM

My can of polyurethane varnish has been “abused.” Some by me, some by the store. The stock lid just doesn’t seal, and I still have a few weeks I need this can to hold together. For now, I’ve got it covered with foil. But there has to be a better way. I know they make lids for regular paint, but all I’ve seen is for water-based only.


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upinflames

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#1 posted 07-12-2015 11:37 AM

Need a few of these in every shop…...

http://www.homedepot.com/p/BEHR-1-qt-Metal-Paint-Bucket-and-Lid-96604/100112530?keyword=empty+paint+cans

You can get them from Uline also, you may not need the 56 in a case though…..

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Redoak49

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#2 posted 07-12-2015 01:28 PM

This is an issue for many of us. I use a finishing nail and make some holes in the bottom of the groove and keep them open so it can drip back into can. I also work to keep the groove clean. This works most of the time.

I also will poor some into a smaller disposable container.

I do not think foil is a good idea as it is not air tight.

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Luthierman

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#3 posted 07-12-2015 01:45 PM

I can get my lids from sherwin williams. Any paint store will have them. Most hardware stores do too. Water based paints and oil based paints are often sent in the same metal can. Any lid should do.

-- Jesse, West Lafayette, Indiana

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#4 posted 07-12-2015 01:58 PM

I’ve always wanted to try these, but haven’t had a reason to until yesterday. One of my cans of urethane is completely solid because the lid, apparently wasn’t on tight enough, so I may try this; I’d never had to open a lid and it has a built-in stirrer.
http://www.rockler.com/mixing-mate-paint-lid-quart-size-stir-pour-and-store

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RobinDobbie

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#5 posted 07-12-2015 05:28 PM


Need a few of these in every shop…...

http://www.homedepot.com/p/BEHR-1-qt-Metal-Paint-Bucket-and-Lid-96604/100112530?keyword=empty+paint+cans

You can get them from Uline also, you may not need the 56 in a case though…..

- upinflames

Wow, definitely don’t need 56 right off the bat! Might need more than 1 though, since I have a half gallon. Although I see Lowes has the gallon cans for $5. Problem is that part of what happened to my poly can could happen to a new can. I forgot to wipe the inside rim before I closed the lid, then it “glued” shut. Just makes sense to have a lid that closes on the outside of the can so the inside can just stay coated with poly. But it’s goot to know I can buy metal cans.


This is an issue for many of us. I use a finishing nail and make some holes in the bottom of the groove and keep them open so it can drip back into can. I also work to keep the groove clean. This works most of the time.

I also will poor some into a smaller disposable container.

I do not think foil is a good idea as it is not air tight.

- Redoak49

The nail trick would have helped, not sure it would have prevented me from forgetting to wipe the inside of the rim, too. The problem is that I go out at night every fer hours and do additional coats. Oh who am I kidding, I’d forget during the day, too.


I can get my lids from sherwin williams. Any paint store will have them. Most hardware stores do too. Water based paints and oil based paints are often sent in the same metal can. Any lid should do.

- Luthierman

I’ll call them and see if what they have is for oil-based. I didn’t think to call a pro shop. Thanks!


I ve always wanted to try these, but haven t had a reason to until yesterday. One of my cans of urethane is completely solid because the lid, apparently wasn t on tight enough, so I may try this; I d never had to open a lid and it has a built-in stirrer.
http://www.rockler.com/mixing-mate-paint-lid-quart-size-stir-pour-and-store

- Rayne

If I were using lacquer or like in their example shellac, I could consider one of these gizmos. For varnish/urethane I’d be afraid it wouldn’t last long enough to justify the cost.

What I want is something like this: (pour spout optional)

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#6 posted 07-12-2015 05:38 PM

I often use glass jars with screw-on lids. Our local recycling center gets 64oz. and 128oz. pickle jars in large batches from time to time.

The trick with this is to wipe the top lip of the jar real well before screwing on the lid. Otherwise, removing lid can be a challenge.

Regarding punching holes in the trough of paint cans, my experience is that this quickens the drying of the finish in the can as it cuts the seal in half.

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RobinDobbie

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#7 posted 07-12-2015 07:00 PM



The trick with this is to wipe the top lip of the jar real well before screwing on the lid. Otherwise, removing lid can be a challenge.

Yeah… that’s the same trick with metal cans! lol


Regarding punching holes in the trough of paint cans, my experience is that this quickens the drying of the finish in the can as it cuts the seal in half.

- Yonak

I see that tip a lot and I’ve never done it for that reason.

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#8 posted 07-12-2015 09:47 PM

You can try these….
http://stoplossbags.com/

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#9 posted 07-12-2015 10:29 PM

I go to Wally Mart and buy a dozen mason canning jars for about 4 bucks. You can get them in quart, pint and even half pint. They have a rubber seal and often you can use them over.

-- Tom D

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#10 posted 07-13-2015 03:35 AM


You can try these….
http://stoplossbags.com/

- WhyMe

I like the idea. I usually use a gallon of poly fairly quickly, I just put it on everything because I’m just so lazy. Although the fast-drying properties of shellac have me entranced.

Totally side-tracked question, but does shellac have problems with spilled glue like stain? Part of the reason I don’t stain is because I like lighter colors, but also because glue under stain is nightmarish to fix.

So Sherwin Williams claimed to not have any paint lids what-so-ever. Very interesting and I’m not even sure I believe it.

I guess I’ll have to make something. Shouldn’t be impossible, I just need to find something that’s flexible, airtight, and won’t be bothered by varnish fumes.

I’m sure this isn’t a new idea, but here’s how I’m keeping the brush in there right now. Only works since the can is half-empty. Or is it half full?

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