by Texas Homesteader ~
I wanted to repurpose empty coffee cans for decorative food storage. Unfortunately cleaning away the print from the surface of the can was surprisingly difficult. But I was finally successful – come see how!
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Various Coffee Can Repurposes
As bonafide coffee drinkers, we have no shortage of empty coffee canisters to repurpose. Sometimes it doesn’t matter if the print remains on the surface. But sometimes I want a blank canvas.
I’ve written before about repurposing those handy empty coffee canisters to a new life. (You can see a complete list of Coffee Can Repurposes Here)
For some empty coffee can repurposes I use the coffee can as-is, such as:
But for other purposes I need more of a blank slate. And for food-storage purposes I wanted to leave the canister unpainted.
I dunno, it’s probably fine, but I worried about whether with repeated use the paint might fleck off or even get mixed in with our food. To me it just wasn’t worth the risk
Such food-related but decorative coffee can repurposes such as:
Removing The Print On A Coffee Can
I found removing the print proved to be much more difficult than I thought.
Scrubbing the canister, using nail polish remover, paint thinner – even a straight-edge blade wouldn’t remove that print!
Hummmm… this is going to take a little more investigation…
Sneaky Trick To Keep Us From Removing Print!
As I was using a straight-edge razor blade to attempt to scrape off the writing I noticed a curious thing.
The color of the writing was staying, but I was scraping away a clear coating over the print.
Aaaaahhhh… Sneaky, Folgers! So that’s why my efforts to remove your marketing weren’t working!
1st Step To Removing Coffee Can Print: Clear Coating
My first line of defense was to remove that clear coating so the advertising-printed surface could be exposed.
This was actually the easiest step of all. The razor was simply used to scrape the entire clear surface of the printed area.
Now that my advertising print area is exposed, let’s see how to get that print off.
Removing The Print – Using Nail Polish Remover
A rag dotted with nail polish remover followed by vigorous scrubbing was only moderately successful at removing the print.
Dang, this is going to take all day! What have I signed up for, here? Sheesh!
So I placed an old rag over the printed area and saturated it with nail polish remover. I allowed that saturated rag to sit and do it’s thing for a few minutes before attempting again.
This time it was more successful. The print was softened and the razor was able to scrape it off much better. It still took quite a bit of doin’ to get all the print removed.
But even then it still didn’t leave a clean surface. Now there was a gooey semi-colored layer remaining that the nail polish remover just wasn’t taking off.
(shakes fist in the air) Dang Folgers, what are you doing to me here??!!
Finally Removing The Rest Of The Print
Hearing my frustration, RancherMan came over to investigate. He mentioned that Goo-Gone is supposed to be good at removing sticky residues.
Alrighty then, let’s give that a try. I mean, I’m already pretty time-invested here #aminot?
A little goo-gone sprayed on the surface and allowed to sit for a minute or so followed by a vigorous rubbing finally garnered success!
Steps To Successfully Remove Coffee Can Print
In the end, removing the print from that coffee canister was more time consuming than I thought it would be.
Finally clearing all the print required a three-pronged approach:
Scrape Away Clear Coating With Razor
Soak With Rag Saturated With Polish Remover
*Goo-Gone to Remove Residue
Cleaning The Coffee Cans
After those three steps I brought my canister into the house and wet it down with my spray bottle of grease-cutting soap cleaner. Then I sprinkled the surface with baking soda using my repurposed shaker that I keep under the sink.
My homemade pot scrubber gave a thorough cleaning followed by a quick rinse. Finally, all done!
Although removing the paint took some time & elbow grease, I’m really glad I did it for my next projects.
Food-Themed Coffee Can Repurposes
Since the can’s surface area has been cleaned of any product printing, I can use cute chalkboard labels and permanently write on them using a white paint pen.
I love the way they turned out. And since the canisters don’t have paint added to the surface, I’m not worried about what might be flaking off into our food like I would it they’d been painted.
I suppose you could do an entire canister set this way. Either with all the canisters being one size or by buying various sizes of coffee to get different heights for your canisters.
You could have one for flour, one for sugar, and one for tea. You could make additional canisters for rice or beans. Whatever you like to store.
And the red and black colors of these Folger’s cans look nice on the countertop. So let your imagination run wild!
Coffee Canister Repurpose Ideas:
- The Trick to Removing The Print On Coffee Cans
- Making A Cute Country Bread Box
- How To Make A Flour Canister
- Storing Bulk Items In The Pantry
- Replaceable Food Storage Dishes
- Using Repurposed Canisters In The Garden
- Repurposed Coffee Canister To Cute Inexpensive Planter
- Making A Low-Waste Chicken Feeder
- Coffee Canisters Into EcoBricks For The Garden
- Empty Coffee Can Repurposed For Grape Harvest
- Repurposing A Coffee Can For Deep-Soak Watering
- Coffee Can Repurpose In The Laundry Room
- Fun Ways To Repurpose Coffee Canisters
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