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Removing stuck-on paint lids

Tip: Here are a couple of tips I use regularly:

1) When you have one of those pesky little bottles of paint you cannot remove the top from, turn it upside-down on a smooth surface, take a dropper, and squeeze some lacquer thinner between the lid and the bottle. Give it a minute (or usually less) for the thinner to dissolve the dried paint around the lid, and you will be able to remove the lid with no effort.

2) To prevent the lid from sticking in the first place, keep some petroleum jelly on your workbench, and an old small paint brush you will use for this trick.

After using the paint, and before putting the lid back on, use your old brush to swab some petroleum jelly around the neck of the bottle. The brush can be cleaned with the same thinner you use for your paint. This is especially useful for paints you seldom use.

Keith McInnis
Tyler, Texas

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