How to Make Spray-Can Caps Easier to Remove and Replace
If you’ve got a spray can with a lid that doesn’t want to come off very easily, you could tug and pull on it until it finally does break loose, and maybe hit the nozzle and spray something you don’t want to spray, but there’s a better way.
David Baker from Halfway, Ore., has figured out how to tame that reluctant lid. Here’s what he does:
The lid on the can I’m using to demonstrate this tip does not want to come off. And it even has the little indentations that you’re supposed to compress to make it easier to remove. Let’s go inside the lid and see what makes it work. There is a solid, concentric ring of plastic inside that cap that is meant to grip the top of the can. What David does is take his tin-snips and he makes four cuts into the inner ring at ninety degrees to each other. Because we’ve made these cuts, the ring inside the cap is not going to grip the can so tightly, and it makes it a lot easier to pull off. When I put this cap back on, all it takes is a gently tug and it comes off like a dream.
Thanks, David. Great tip.