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Berlin Packaging’s range of paint cans provides convenient solutions for customers who want to utilize multiple materials to meet product requirements, and save money. Match paints, stains, epoxies, adhesives, automotive fluids, cutting fluids, greases, lubricants, and more with the right can size and style.

Available Paint Can Styles

Traditional plug lid cans are available unlined, or with an epoxy lining that makes it best for water-based and latex paints. Cans are available in numerous capacities, and most styles come with a lid. Steel cone top cans and steel flat top cans offer solid packaging for most automotive products. They’re available unlined, or with a REL finish. When matching up paint can lid styles, consider plug lids, REL caps, and delta caps, which come with caps options including, brush, dauber, and spout caps. Polypropylene plastic (PP) hybrid cans are also offered, and include plug lids.

What are Hybrid Paint Cans?

Created from 70-percent post-consumer recycled resin, plastic hybrid paint cans are rust and dent resistant. These PP paint cans come in a 1 gallon capacity (4 L) and are suitable for latex paint, colorants, and other water-based products. Metal rings at the top of the can and a metal plug lid provide a strong seal and add strength to the container. Plastic paint cans can be swapped out with metal paint cans.

Paint Can Accessories

Paint can sealers are available in counter-mounted models, and as a portable press model with a base plate. Presses seal gallon, quart, pint, and half pint plastic and metals cans. Triple grip clips and connectors are two of the many paint can accessories that can reduce the chance of spillage or damage during transit. When shipping multiple sizes of cans in the same box, insert paint can connectors for effective stacking to prevent shifting during transit. Overseal locking rings can be applied with a mallet for increased security during shipping.

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10 Uses for Paint Cans

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There are many clever ideas for these metal pails, whether you’ve got an emptied leftover* or a pristine home-center buy.

*When cleaning out latex paint cans for reuse, follow municipal guidelines for disposing of paint responsibly.

1. Mix Concrete for Small Jobs

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The handle makes it easy to pour when patching small holes.

2. Shade a Lamp

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Snip off the handle of a large can with wire cutters; remove the bottom with a can opener. Drill small holes in the metal sides, following any design you like, then paint. Cut a disk out of hardware cloth to fit snugly inside the can; cut a smaller circle, large enough to fit a lamp socket without a harp, out of the disk’s center. Fit the disk inside the can. Rest the shade on the socket.

3. Store Pencils or Brushes

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Place adhesive-backed magnets on the bottoms of small paint cans (use a hot-glue gun for extra hold). Attach to an inexpensive magnetized knife strip on the wall.

4. Make a Bag Dispenser

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Cut a circular hole in the lid of a large paint can, and file any sharp edges. Stash a roll of garbage bags in the can, pulling the free end through the hole.

5. Build a Wine Rack

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Remove the tops and bottoms of quart-size cans with a can opener. Connect several cans laid side by side using heavy-duty glue or epoxy adhesive. Stack more cans on top of them in an artful way and glue in place. Use clothespins or binder clips to secure them until the glue dries.

6. Assemble a Bird Feeder

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Remove the lid and tie sturdy twine around the middle of the can to hang sideways. Glue a 4-inch section of a 3/16-inch wood dowel to the bottom lip of the can to form a perch. Add birdseed and hang.

7. Stabilize a Tiki Torch

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Fill a large paint can with sand or gravel, and stick a garden torch in the middle.

8. Organize Owner’s Manuals

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Lay a row of large paint cans side by side on a shelf in the garage to store booklets.

9. Light Up a Path

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To make decorative luminaries, drill holes in pint-size cans, making a pattern. Place a votive candle in each can.

10. Fashion a Hanging Planter

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Drill three drainage holes in the bottom of a large can (handle removed) and three in the sides near the top to thread with sash chain. Add potting soil, then plant petunias or other similar draping plants.

All-Plastic Paint Cans Challenge Steel

After considerable success in Europe, all-plastic gallon paint cans are spilling into North America’s retail paint market more quickly than was anticipated just a few months ago. While 5-gal paint pails are virtually all plastic, steel cans still dominate the one-gallon market in North America. And though plastic-metal hybrid cans have grabbed a share of that market, recent developments now make all-plastic designs cost-effective challengers for the 1 billion metal paint cans sold annually.

The best-known introduction for all-plastic paint cans in North America is the Sherwin-Williams Dutch Boy “Twist and Pour” gallon plastic can, an extrusion blow molded HDPE container (the first in that material) with a PP lid that appears on Sherwin-Williams and Wal-Mart store shelves. The molder is North American Packaging Corp. in Lithonia, Ga. This advance was reinforced last month by the introduction of a similar container by Masterchem, a supplier of primer paints that is making its initial entry in topcoats with Kilz Casual Colors in gallon and quart HDPE cans.

These square-bodied, rounded-lid, twist-top designs fit more cans into available shelf space, a priority for mass retailers. They also incorporate ergonomic and convenience features for the predominantly female paint consumer, like injection molded handles and pour spouts, a reclosable screw cap that doubles as a paint cup, and color-coordinated labels that help consumers pick the right paint. For this project, the blow molder, Fortco Plastics, Ft. Wayne, Ind., purchased the first U.S.-built HDT 700 shuttle blow molding machine from Graham Machinery Group.

This first wave of North American all-plastic paint cans fits premium niche markets. The multi-part containers cost at least three times as much as the typical 50¢ to 60¢ steel gallon can. They also fit awkwardly into the paint industry’s current handling, filling, and tinting infrastructure designed for round steel cans.

In early 2004, two firms will launch new all-plastic concepts for direct replacement of metal cans. They are an injection molded opaque, all-PP can developed by KW Plastics of Troy, Ala., and an injection stretch-blow molded clear, one-piece PET can from the PCC Group in the U.K. Both groups plan to displace steel cans on the basis of superior cost, functionality, and manufacturability.

PET gets the ‘All-Clear’

“Round metal paint cans have been around since Napoleon and are low-cost and highly standardized,” says Richard Lawson, president of PCC Group. Yet he expects about 15% of steel cans in the U.S. to convert to his company’s PET design in the next three years. PCC’s technology, which is available for license, molds the rim into the preform, allowing one-piece PET cans for the first time to be blown on one-stage injection stretch-blow machines. The snap-in lid is also PET.

What distinguishes PET cans from PP or HDPE versions is their resistance to both water- and oil-based paints, and their ability to be either clear or colored. Until now, use of PCC’s PET cans has been mostly for precolored paints and wood stains in Europe (see PT, Aug. ’01, p. 45).

PET blow molding will transform paint packaging economics in the U.S., predicts Mi chael Hunter, president of PCC Inc., a new joint venture created to license PCC Group’s PET can technology in North America. Hunter claims a round PET can is able to drop into the existing paint-industry infrastructure with only minor modifications.

In North Ame rica, the initial commercial use of PET cans is by Innopack in Mexico City, which will launch four sizes from 250 cc to 4 liters for a Mexican customer in early 2004. Innopack is molding three sizes on a Husky one-stage Index SB-125 (125-metric-ton) machine, says Is-mael Aguilar Cano, new-product development manager. The largest size, 4L with a 165-mm neck finish, is molded on Aoki one-stage ma chines. Inno pack, a leading Mexican PET mol der of beverage containers and caps, has developed a see-through label and snap-on PE handle for the 4L cans.

PCC’s Hunter portrays Innopack’s program as opening the way to speedy adoption of PET paint cans north of the border. Hunter says another boost to PCC’s plans is work by Husky to improve its Index SB machine’s productivity.
Within a year, Husky expects to expand the Index SB line with versions based on its 300- and 600-ton Index preform injection systems, says David Whiffen, Index SB business manager. Whiffen says the larger Index SB blow molding units would expand both the output capability and cost-effectiveness of PET paint can molding. Husky is also working to adapt the existing SB-125 to make larger (4L) cans.

In addition, Husky plans to apply its expertise in turnkey systems with integrated downstream handling. Whiffen notes that the design of Index SB machines favors downstream automation by permitting cans to leave the machine in upright and oriented position.

Hybrid can goes all-PP

For about a decade, KW Plastics has supplied mass-market paint companies with millions of paint cans in a hybrid design that joins a PP body to a steel ring and lid. KW now plans to launch an all-PP paint can by mid-2004. The can body, ring, and lid will be of black, high-impact PP, though at first it will still have a snap-in metal handle. The can’s crush-resistance reportedly exceeds that of metal cans and is sufficient to stack containers up to 25 units high.

“In water-based paints, which make up 90% of U.S. sales, our injection molded all-PP paint can will exceed all other alternatives in cost-performance,” declares Brian McDaniels, KW’s national marketing director. Called Snap Lock, the two-part gallon can uses an injection molded black PP body similar to that of hybrid cans and a separate injection molded PP ring and lid. The shape of the can intentionally parallels that of the steel version so that it can fit easily into existing filling lines and in-store shaker equipment. Injection molded, snap-in PP pour spouts and handles are also in development.

The company is adding a $20-million facility to mold the new cans. It will contain mostly all-electric, six-cavity Milacron injection molding machines. The new plant will be adjacent to KW’s recycling facility, where the firm reclaims PP car-battery cases for its hybrid-can bodies. KW hopes to give customers a marketing advantage by using 100% recycled PP in the new cans and by setting up a collection system for the all-PP cans.

McDaniels says KW made a deliberate decision to design a separate PP ring rather than incorporate it in a uni-body can. “Simple is better in this critical part,” he says, arguing that assembly costs are far outweighed by superior closure precision and performance. McDaniels says the PP snap-in closure is resistant to damage despite repeated openings and closings. Further, injection molding precision makes KW’s ring and lid more airtight, leak-proof, and emission-resistant than those of any competitive container, McDaniels claims.

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Dead Plants + Spray Paint = Cool Winter Garden Idea!

Have you ever spray-painted your plants? How about various and assorted fruits and vegetables? Here are some tips and tricks to help you add whimsy and flair to your winter garden. Tell your neighbors to calm down, it’s art.

Start with dry plants and objects. Spray painting in the rain is a mess, and the paint won’t stick very well, so wait for a nice day. If your plants are in pots, stick them in the garage or another warm dry place for a few days.

Think like an artist! Consider the lines, textures, and forms of the objects you’re going to paint. Are they spiky or round? How do they look next to other objects? How will you group them together? How will they look next to the trees and shrubs in your yard that are still green and alive?


Integrate the funky stuff in with your existing landscape

Go for the gold, or the silver! Dead plants are actually beautiful in a sculptural sense, and painting them with metallic paint lets your eye see the shapes out of their normal context. I did accent some of mine with purple, though, and gave them a dusting of glitter, just for fun!

Spray safe, spray clean. The truth is, metallic spray paint is not so healthy to breathe. Paint outside! I usually put down a layer of brown grocery sacks, or an old sheet in the grass or bark, NOT on the driveway. You can mow the lawn, but scrubbing paint off cement is not an easy thing to do. Consider wearing gloves, you will surely ruin your manicure, no matter how careful you are.


Naked Apples and Nude Potatoes = ART

How to paint an apple: Set the apple or any other round thing on top of an overturned flower pot or yogurt container to elevate it off the ground. Spray on the first coat, let it dry, then turn the object over and spray the other side.


You can hold the apple by the stem and spray, but it’s messier!

Keep your sense of humor. The fun of this project is admitting it’s goofy! Silver apples stacked in a black pot are interesting and ridiculous. Painted pinecones are a dime a dozen, but how many people paint cucumbers and sprinkle them with glitter? Start a trend!

Share the fun! We’d love it if you try this at home and post your best spray-painted nature items in the CafeMom Flickr stream so we can all admire each other’s work. Feel free to leave a link to your photo in the comments.



Spray Paint safe for vegetables?

I have been following this and like the comments even though it got off the subject for awhile. Just have to stick my nose I one last time. It’s about bugs and pesticides not Monsanto crops. Some years ago I read that bees are declining. I keep seeing others posting here but not educating as to how serious it really is. They are dying at a fast rate! The artical i came across states that global warming is nothing compaired to the scope of what will happen to mankind if the bees die off. Here I build an Eco friendly home and should have built bee hives to help save the world.LOL Fact is. Pesticides kill bees! Pesticides plain kill. That is the job they were made to do. No bees no more food unless we all go pollinate with our fingers and paint brushes. Something I have to personally do and I have bees lots of them. Bees pollinate our fruits ,veggies, grains etc… We all learned as children. GMO or not we need those bees! Spraying pesticides kills the bees faster! Really fast it seems these days. Natural selection people. West Nile might kill some of us. I am coming up so going to test my hide out next week been awhile. I have had dengue 2xs and still healthy as a horse. It hurts like being hit by a truck but most will live and go on. Next time it might kill me? Natural selection I guess will dictate my lifespan. I get Mosquitos bites every day. At this moment well I poke this out on my smart ph. My sons legs are covered in bites. I have citronella planted everywhere. Grease the kid up in skin so soft that cost 9 bucks a fill. No standing water anywhere. They exist. They are our preditors in a way. Only so much I can do really. My dog has torselo or bot fly larva developing from yes mosquito bites. Under control now I better mention. I have had these same maggots in me from ya mosquito bites. It happens its can be taken care of. Your number is up its up! Nothing you can do about it. Spraying isn’t going to help. These pesticides we ingest are not what will be killing us in 20 years because if you kill your bees at the rate we have been we all get to starve together. Fact is a fact We are over populated Nature has decided to thin us out. West Nile ,dengue fever ,yellow fever ,new twisted flues ,aids etc… Who would have guessed this west Nile would have spred so fast? Global warming is nothing GMO foods is crap , but I’m sure that loaf of white bread i bought is made of it. That can of tuna I bought might be toxic radiation? Spraying is going to only speed up something that is out of hand. Sorry for being so blunt Ignorance is the problem. Over population is a problem. Big $ in chem co is a problem. GM bugs Hell ya might slow it down. Read this link below It’s worth the time and very informative http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colony_collapse_disorder Really there are alternatives. There have been some great examples and tips above on how to keep them down and how not to get bit by the most dangerous animal on earth. Give blood and SAVE THE BEES please.

Painting terracotta pots is a fun way to add color to your home or garden. In this tutorial for how to paint terracotta pots you’ll also learn: what paint to use on terracotta plant pots, how to prepare your pots for painting, and how to seal clay pots.

Tired of the traditional look of terracotta plant pots? Spice them up with a fresh coat of paint. Add a bit of color to your garden by adding hand painted plant pots that fit your style. Or create a cute theme by painting a matching set.

You could even give a thoughtful, personalized gift by potting up a houseplant that you propagated from your indoor plants, and paint the pot to go with it.

Mix and match colors, designs, and patterns. You can do whatever your creative mind thinks up. The options and possibilities really are endless, and they are all budget-friendly.

Before You Start Painting Terracotta Pots

But there are a few things to do before you start painting terracotta pots. So, before I jump into the steps, let’s talk about what kind of paint to use.

We’ll also talk about how to prepare clay pots for painting, and whether or not you need to seal your pots before painting them.

Then I will show you the exact steps I use for my method of painting clay pots. This method will work whether you want to paint large terracotta flower pots, mini terracotta pots, or any size in between.

What Kind Of Paint To Use On Terracotta Pots

The best paint to use on clay pots… well, I’m not sure if there is only one type of paint that is considered the best. In my experience, acrylic and spray paint are both paints suitable for terracotta pots.

For this project, I’ll be painting terracotta pots with acrylic craft paint. But I have used spray paint for clay pots before too, and it works just as well. So, go with the type of paint you prefer to use, or use whatever you have on hand.

How To Prepare Terracotta Pots For Painting

The first step you will take before painting terracotta pots is to clean them. If you buy clay pots that are brand new, run them under water and lightly scrub them with a cleaning brush or a pot brush before painting them.

You don’t want any residue or powder on the pot – the paint will look lumpy if the pots aren’t clean.

If you want to paint old terracotta pots (which is what I did), you definitely need to clean them so the paint will stick and look its best.

Clay pots can look pretty rugged if they’ve been used before. They are incredibly easy to clean though, so take the extra 30 minutes and follow the steps for how to clean terracotta pots before painting them.

Whether used or new, ensure your pots are COMPLETELY dry before starting to paint them. Terracotta clay planters really soak up the moisture, so it may take awhile.

I let mine dry overnight, but you may find it takes a day or two for yours to dry. You can set them in the sun to help speed up the process.

A variety of clean terracotta pots ready to paint

Do You Need To Seal Terracotta Pots Before Painting?

Sealing terracotta pots for painting is an optional step, and it’s totally up to you if you want to do it. If you’re painting terracotta pots for outdoor use, then using a clay pot sealer before painting them will help the paint last longer.

On the flip side, if you want your pots to get a nice aged look over time, then don’t seal them first.

Waterproofing clay pots affects their breathability. That means that the soil will retain moisture much longer than it would in an untreated pot.

Keep this in mind if you’re used to growing plants in plain terracotta pots, so that you don’t end up overwatering your plants.

Rather than sealing them before painting, you could use a paint primer for terracotta pots, which will help the paint last longer too.

Water based primers won’t completely seal the pot, which will allow it to breath better than it can when completely sealed.

Sealing Terracotta Pots After Painting

One you’re done painting your pots, I definitely recommend using spray sealer over the paint to protect your hard work. This won’t completely seal the pots, so they will still be able to breath.

It just adds a layer of protection over your paint job. You can simply use a spray on sealer, which you can get in a clear matte or clear gloss finish.

How To Paint Terracotta Pots With Acrylic Paint

Ok, now let’s jump into the steps for painting terracotta pots! For my project, I decided to paint a matching set of pots for my indoor herbs.

I have a collection of old pots that have been sitting around in my garage, so I selected four 6-in terracotta clay pots.

Then I cleaned them up, painted them, added a bit of additional decor, and voilà. The cutest set of terracotta herb pots you’ve ever seen!

Supplies needed for painting terracotta pots

Materials Needed For Pot Painting

  • New or used terracotta pots
  • Scrub brush or pot brush (optional)
  • Foam sponge paint brushes
  • Assorted acrylic paint colors
  • Newspaper
  • Decorations (optional): decorative twine, regular twine, yarn, beads, buttons, letter stickers, stencils, etc.
  • All-purpose craft glue (optional – used for adhering my decoration)
  • Spray sealer (matte or glossy)
  • Paper plate (optional)
  • Water (optional)

Steps For Painting Clay Pots

Total Time – 30-90 minutes (not including total dry time)

Step 1: Prepare clay pots for painting – As I mentioned above, whether you’re using old clay pots or brand new ones, you’ll want to clean them before painting them.

Use your scrub brush or pot brush to get all the dust and dirt off, then allow them to dry completely before moving on to the next step.

Depending on the size of the pot, it can take anywhere from overnight to a few days for the pots to dry completely.

Step 2: Set up your workspace – Lay down newspaper where you will be painting terracotta pots.

Even with a careful hand, it’s hard to paint a pot without getting a little paint on the surface you are working on – you have to set the pot down eventually.

Workspace setup for painting terracotta garden pots

Step 3: Thin your paint (optional) – This is an optional step, but it really helps spread the paint over the pot when applying the base coat.

Terracotta clay plant pots can really soak up the paint, so thinning it out with a little water helps spread it quickly and easily.

Squirt a decent amount of paint on a paper plate. Add a very small amount of water (start with a teaspoon) to the paint and carefully mix it together using your foam sponge paint brush.

Keep in mind that the water will change the color of the paint slightly. You don’t want your paint too thin or it will run right off the pot.

Step 4: Paint your pots – Use your foam sponge brush to paint the base coat. After you have your base coat on the terracotta pot, use non-thinned paint to add 2-3 additional coats.

How many coats you use depends on the quality of your paint, if you want any of the pot showing through, and what color paint you are using.

You don’t have to wait for the paint to dry completely in between coats, but should let it dry at least 75% of the way before adding more paint. It will be sticky to the touch, but not wet.

Terracotta pot painted with the first layer of paint

Also, note that you don’t need to paint the very bottom of your pot since no one will see it. The inside doesn’t need to be painted either.

But if you want to paint the top inch or two on the inside of the pot, that will cover the part that soil doesn’t.

Painting clay pots with acrylic paint

Step 5: Decorate your pots (optional) – Decorating terracotta pots is fun, and there tons of things you could do to give your pots even more pizazz.

I added some decorative twine to the top of my painted herb pots for a little texture, and adhered it onto the pot using all-purpose crafting glue.

Decorating clay flower pots with twine on top

I also added letters that I cut out with my Cricut (a hobby/craft machine that cuts materials like paper, vinyl, leather, and more) to make a matching set.

The letters are made of vinyl material that is sticky on one side. Once I cut them, they stuck perfectly on the pot…just like a sticker. Instead, you could hand paint the words, or use stencils if you prefer.

You could also come up with some fun painting designs for your DIY painted flower pots, like I did with my cute watermelon pot.

To create this design, I used two different paint colors and then added some black dots for the seeds.

My hand painted flower pot with a cute watermelon design

Step 6: Let them dry – It’s very important that your painted plant pots are completely dry before moving on to the next step.

This might take longer than you think. Terracotta clay flower pots absorb water and paint, so give them at least 24 hours before you decide they are dry. The thicker the paint, the longer you should allow them to dry.

Step 7: Seal the paint – You don’t want all of your hard work to get chipped or scratched, so it’s a good idea to seal terracotta pots with a clear coat after painting them.

I used a matte finish for mine, but you could use one with a glossy finish if you like that look better. Spray the pot according to the directions on the can.

My finished DIY painted terracotta pots

Painting terracotta pots is such a fun project to add color and your own personal style to your home or garden. Whether you want to make super fancy terracotta pots, or use simple clay pot painting designs, the possibilities are endless!

Whatever type of decorative plant pots you decide to design, just remember that it’s an original creation, made by you. And that’s the best part!

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