: Stupid question, but does anyone know how to open a can of Circa 1850?
Mar 15th, 2007, 02:13 PM
I'm set and ready to do some paint stripping; plastic laid out, chairs atop, gloves and scrappers ready, but when I went to begin... I found I couldn't open the stupid can!!!!! :yikes: :o
There's a red cap. On the cap there's a diagram that suggests I push in the small tab that sticks out while I turn it counterclockwise. My friend said I had to push down like a medicine bottle to make the grey ring below the cap to catch so it wouldn't go round and round. Nothing.
Please help! :confused:
Mar 15th, 2007, 02:23 PM
It looks like Brasso, which I used to use occasionally. Its a real pain to open it. I'd squeeze the sides of the lid together (squeeze really hard), turn the lid about 90º and then use a tool (screwdriver works well) to pop the lid off.
Mar 15th, 2007, 02:30 PM
They changed the cap from what the picture is. It's not longer a pop open type. I think I'm going to have to use two sets of pliers.
Mar 15th, 2007, 02:37 PM
Crow: Last time I used the product, there was a strip of plastic that came off first when I pulled the tab. It's very difficult to remove by squeezing and turning though--you have to really pinch it hard.
Mar 15th, 2007, 02:39 PM
UPDATE: Pliers and a nut cracker did the job!
Thanks Pure fiction for taking the time to answer this. :)
Mar 15th, 2007, 02:42 PM
careful with that sh*t I opened a can that had swollen and when it opened it blasted some in my eyeball....not cool...
Mar 15th, 2007, 02:45 PM
Nope: I used that stuff to strip a wall, and it really ate at my skin.
Mar 15th, 2007, 03:45 PM
Thanks for the concerns, all is well though. My skin is still in tact and the seats of two chairs are stripped. Next will be the left sides. I'm pretty good with the dangerous stuff (carpenter's daughter), I've just never stripped anything before, since I usually start from scratch. It's kind of fun! :)
Mar 15th, 2007, 03:49 PM
Nice when it comes off in great sheets, but I found that you have to work at it pretty quickly if the paint is tough, because the gel tends to coagulate again fairly quickly.
Mar 15th, 2007, 05:39 PM
Two sides done, fron and back to go!
Macfury, I don't know how you did a whole wall with this stuff. You must have had the thicker version. As for it coagulating, I believe just a light spray of water will reactivate it. And yes, it is nice when large strips come off so smooth and clean. :D
I must have been writing when you wrote about the tab thing. If you're really supposed to pull that thing off, again, I think the average human would need pliers, not only because of the amount of leverage you'd need, but because of it's size as well!
Mar 15th, 2007, 07:06 PM
Too bad there is no Lee Valley in Montréal