Repurposing Coffee Canisters – Removing The Print

by Tammy Taylor~

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I’ve written before about repurposing those handy empty coffee canisters to a new life.  They’ve been used in my garden to simplify chores, and I’ve painted them & planted in them for my patio.  And those painted canisters make a cute presentation when I want to share plants with friends too.  But recently I had a foodsy-type repurpose I wanted to do with them.

Since I would be using them for storing food I didn’t want to paint the canister.  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.  For whatever reason, I wanted to leave the canister unpainted.  But removing the print proved to be 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…

Removing The Print On An Empty Coffee Canister. I like to repurpose those coffee canisters, but how do you remove the print? It was more complicated than I thought. #TaylorMadeHomestead

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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!  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 surface of the printed area.

Removing The Print On An Empty Coffee Canister. I like to repurpose those coffee canisters, but how do you remove the print? It was more complicated than I thought. #TaylorMadeHomestead

Now that my advertising print area is exposed, let’s see how to get that print off.  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.

Removing The Print On An Empty Coffee Canister. I like to repurpose those coffee canisters, but how do you remove the print? It was more complicated than I thought. #TaylorMadeHomestead

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 Folders, what are you doing to me here??!!

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!

Removing The Print On An Empty Coffee Canister. I like to repurpose those coffee canisters, but how do you remove the print? It was more complicated than I thought. #TaylorMadeHomestead

In the end, removing the print from that coffee canister was more time consuming than I thought it would be.  It required a three-pronged approach.  I first had to scrape away the clear coating to expose the painted surface.  Then I needed to soak to soften that print using a rag saturated with nail polish remover.  Finally, *Goo-Gone was needed to remove the residue.

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.  Stay tuned, I’ll be making a simple, vintage-look bread box as well as a flour canister for my kitchen.  I’ll be sure to share when those projects are complete, but I’m loving it so far!

See All My Repurposed Coffee Canister Ideas Here

 

~TMH~

 

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12 thoughts on “Repurposing Coffee Canisters – Removing The Print

    1. Taylor-Made Homestead Post author

      I dunno Evelyn, but you can follow the same steps & see. I don’t know why not! Come let us know how it works – inquiring minds want to know. 🙂 ~TMH~

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  1. Linda S

    This looks like a great job for my kids to tackle. These canisters do make handy storage units! Thanks for sharing your tips and tricks with us. (Stopping by today from This Is How We Roll)

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    1. Taylor-Made Homestead Post author

      You’re right, this would be a great job for the kids to tackle Linda. And you’ll be left with some pretty darn useful canisters afterward too. ~TMH~

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    1. Taylor-Made Homestead Post author

      Yes, I agree Charlene. I’ll be sharing some of the ways I’ve been able to use these for cute or vintage-inspired food containers soon, so be watching the blog! ~TMH~

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  2. Sylvia

    I’ve only used them to store my kitchen scraps until it’s time to feed the worms . I will see what other fun uses you have posted in the past. I am a newbie here and love your posts. Thank You! 🙂

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    1. Taylor-Made Homestead Post author

      Sylvia, I’m so glad you’re here and I hope you stick around awhile!! I’ve had fun coming up with various uses and they’re all super simple. ~TMH~

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  3. Pam Kaufman

    I like to use Blue Bunny ice cream containers for use in our rv. I think their labeling is similar. I am going to give your technique a try and see if it works. Worse case scenerio I wreck the container and have to buy another (oh the sacrifices we must make lol!!). Thanks for the tip!

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    1. Taylor-Made Homestead Post author

      Sacrifice, Pam. That’s what it’s all about, isn’t it? LOL! Good for you. ~TMH~

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  4. ColleenB.

    You have more patience than I. I gave up on trying to get them stubborn labels off, so using scrapbook paper I covered up the labels with my pretty scrap book paper as well as regular wrapping paper; holiday papers as well. Yes, some I have painted (covering the label) for storing non-food items unless it’s a container of homemade cookies to give to family and friends. Goo-Gone is Good stuff

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    1. Taylor-Made Homestead Post author

      I’ve covered the writing with pretty paper in the past Colleen, and the results were beautiful. But these canisters are gonna see some heavy use. I really wanted them as clear as possible of anything that could become chipped, soiled or tattered. But I was surprised about that clear layer on top of the print. Removing that was the secret to success. I’ve since cleaned off the print to another couple of canisters to get my project going. ~TMH~

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