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Topic: Mint tin, more of a question on if I can take the printing off.  (Read 2081 times)
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« on: April 30, 2010 04:53:37 PM »

I have a mint tin similar to this one:
While the front is awesome, I don't like printing on the front and back.  I was wondering if there was any way to take the printing off without taking off any of the finish on the tin (it's a really pretty color I like).  Also, if there is no way to get that off, what would be a good way to color the metal evenly?  Spray paint would be difficult because the bottom of the tin goes inside the lid, so I would miss it when spraying it on one side and I would worry that there would be a line of the old color.

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« Reply #1 on: April 30, 2010 07:02:34 PM »

I don't know if you can take the print off, but I have an idea of how to paint it. If you decide to paint it--spray paint would probably work. you could open it, tape off any areas you don't want painted. put it upside down on some sort of stand--like a scrap piece of wood that fits inside the tin, but is tall enough so the lid doesn't touch your work surface. Then paint to your heart's content.
Wow, I hope that made sense.
Good luck, and I can't wait to see what you come up with.

« Reply #2 on: April 30, 2010 07:39:09 PM »

I have an altoids tin that I sanded until all the printing was off and it turned out nice, but it will take off all of the printing and leave you with a silver tin. I used my dremel and finished it with sandpaper once most the print was off to get an even finish. Good luck! I'd also love to see what you come up with:)

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« Reply #3 on: April 30, 2010 08:23:01 PM »

lianatempera, I think I can imagine what you mean...I think, haha.

*mumble grumble* about the paint.  I might try and bug my dad since I do really like the color the tin is now... Everyone keep their fingers crossed!

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« Reply #4 on: May 07, 2010 07:16:58 PM »

What about an enamel type paint you put in the oven to set? That might be more resistant than just using spray paint. If using spray paint (for metal) I would want to sand and clean it real good to make sure it sticks.

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« Reply #5 on: May 09, 2010 07:45:51 PM »

lacquer thinner/nail polish remover will remove paint lickety split!
...work in a well ventilated area & don't work on surfaces that would
get ruined if you spilled some by accident.

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« Reply #6 on: May 18, 2010 05:14:35 PM »

I have a feeling that that stuff is all put on there at once (printing and background color), and is probably of a similar type of paint/ink, so that anything that would remove the printing might also remove the background. I'd say that just painting over it would be less risky than trying to remove only the printing.
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