How to Open a Paint Can with a Flat Head Screwdriver How to Open a Paint Can with a Flat Head Screwdriver

What You'll Need
Paint can
Flat head screwdriver

A flat head screwdriver has many potential uses as a tool. You can use it to do a number of things including opening a paint can with the tip. Here are the basics of how to open a paint can with a flat head screwdriver successfully.

Step 1 - Insert the Screwdriver

A paint can lid is typically stuck into the paint can very soundly. It is very difficult to remove without the proper technique. Look at the edge of the paint can lid and you will notice a small gap around the edge. Place the tip of the flat head screwdriver into that edge as far as it will go.

Step 2 - Pry the Lid

Press the handle of the flat head screwdriver downward with a fair amount of pressure. This should lift up on part of the paint can lid. 

Step 3 - Apply Even Pressure

Once you have applied pressure to one part of the lid, you need to take out the screwdriver and move it around the edge of the paint can. If you move it to a spot that is exactly opposite from where you just pried, this will effectively help you take off the lid of the paint can.

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